“Our demand that all of musical history should be available at the touch of a finger has become gluttonous. It may seem a harmless form of consumer desire, but it leaves real scars on the face of the Earth.”
"There was no predictability—that whole fan/listening experience was engaging and active. If you were in it, you were in it. Whether you were a blogger or a reader, you had to consciously pick and choose where your energy was directed. There was no central hub, like a Spotify today, where all the playlists and means of discovering music are organized neatly within the platform. You had to search, to dig! Even when you grabbed a song directly from an artist’s social media, you almost always wanted to know more because context was the norm."
“‘The so-called cloud is a definitely material and mainly hardwired network of fiber-optic cables, servers, routers, and the like.’ This concealment of industrial reality, behind a phantasmagoria of virtuality, is a sleight of hand typical of Big Tech, with its genius for persuading consumers never to wonder how transactions have become so shimmeringly effortless.”
"CO2GLE acts as a symbolic agent which seeks to reveal the link between our actions and their material impact on the physical world, and aims at creating a mechanism that may trigger thoughts and actions that stimulate and re-appropriate subjectivity. I believe that this is an essential process in the generation of critical thought about the true nature of technology, and in the imagination of alternative techno-paradigms which may coherently respond to our environmental and human conditions."
~ Joana Moll (http://www.janavirgin.com/CO2/CO2GLE_about.html)
"With no sense that data is physical or that storing it uses up space and energy, those consumers have developed the habit of sending huge data files back and forth, like videos and mass e-mails with photo attachments. Even the seemingly mundane actions like running an app to find an Italian restaurant in Manhattan or a taxi in Dallas requires servers to be turned on and ready to process the information instantaneously.
The complexity of a basic transaction is a mystery to most users: Sending a message with photographs to a neighbor could involve a trip through hundreds or thousands of miles of Internet conduits and multiple data centers before the e-mail arrives across the street.
'If you tell somebody they can’t access YouTube or download from Netflix, they’ll tell you it’s a God-given right,' said Bruce Taylor, vice president of the Uptime Institute, a professional organization for companies that use data centers."
"There is an increased demand for body parts of people with albinism in the lead-up to elections when people running for office – people who are wealthy and educated – may turn to witch doctors for good luck potions. The people who harvest the parts are usually impoverished and willing to do something dreadful simply to make a bit of money. These criminals can gain up to $75,000 U.S. for the sale of a whole body according to the U.N. Few attackers and witchdoctors have been brought to trial, let alone convicted. Not one buyer in this macabre trade has ever been prosecuted."
~ Under The Same Sun (https://www.underthesamesun.com/content/issue)
"'There are reports of persons with albinism being branded 'corona' and 'COVID-19' in some countries, effectively labeling them scapegoats of the pandemic and further ostracising them in their communities,' said Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement."