Children have a creative propensity to derive enjoyment out of anything that sparks their imagination and not just the consumer goods that are designed for them. This, of course, must be stamped out and replaced with pleasure tied to ownership and status — motives that will help assimilate them to the demands of reproducing the capitalist economy.
Decentralization is not a politics in and of itself. Without a politics that explicitly seeks to serve the public while challenging corporate power, decentralization isn’t an actual strategy to decommodify our online interactions and reorient our networks toward alternative purposes.
After commenting on how we’ve idealized the early web, McNeil writes that “when I think I feel nostalgic for the internet before social media consolidation, what I am actually experiencing is a longing for an internet that is better, for internet communities that haven’t come into being yet.” Clearly, this is not just about decentralization; it’s about thinking through the outcomes we want to see and building institutions — and only later technologies — in service of those political goals. Instead of hoping a particular network design will be immune from corporate control, we can build a better internet by first building the political power necessary to make it a reality.
Communications technology has effectively cheapened the experience of presence (the "metaverse" will cheapen it even further), and this has revalued it across the entire spectrum of possibilities for experience. We might expect that as video calls become routine and trivial, face-to-face encounters would become dense with ontological significance. But what has happened is that the concept of "real" presence has become confused, more difficult to believe in, harder to locate as it is happening so that we can properly assign it a value. As Molotkow suggests, "presence" may feel real only in the midst of moments of intense separation; it may register only at a distance.
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In an isolated desert region of Mexico near Durango, the air swallows sound. Its magnetic field is strong enough to interfere with satellite and radio signals, and because its natural radiation overrides the electromagnetic field of the microphone, broadcasting devices malfunction. No sound can be recorded here. Called la Zona del Silencio, just north of the Tropic of Cancer and south of the 30th parallel, this place shares a latitude—and a litany of legends—with Bermuda Triangle and the pyramids of Egypt.
– Christine Hume, Ransom Voice
we really out here on this beautiful, spinning, floating rock worried about anything other than how we're all connected and all we need to do is make people we love feel special : to be made to feel special : to host : to feed : to tend to : to wake up early and catch the sunrise : to live?
"It has been suggested that empathy is actually a sixth sense
with which we perceive emotional energies in the same manner in which the eye
perceives light. If that is the case, then empathy takes place on an intuitive sensechannel,
separate from the other five senses, that goes directly to our awareness."