On decolonizing my Web use:
"…I am online… but my most recently piece of hardware is a ~6 year old smartphone.
"And it feels like every day, another part of the Web increases how much power it requires to use, and effectively says "either buy new tools or be excluded."
"The Internet, if it is a "space", is non-Euclidean… Your neighbor who uninstalled Instagram because it started draining their battery? The neighborhood... warps and wraps to bury and erase the existence of the neighbor, perfectly stitching over where it was with a neighborhood that is less than it was.
"This has implications in a society living under physical isolation, like we're now doing because of COVID, that horrify me.
"If the Web is our community, then our community has no space for people who are not Collaborators, because it is only Collaborators who can secure the technological privilege to participate.
"I think it's worth pausing here, to ruminate on a question: how much work would you, personally, have to do to form a friendship with someone who doesn't have Internet access, today, given COVID.
"Now, consider: it requires financial privilege to secure technological privilege (e.g. Internet access). In effect, we're saying that people need financial privilege in order to be able to socialize in a society living under physical isolation.
"That is, in a word, assimilation: it is using the threat of loneliness to coerce people...
"The effect of all this is that by using the Web, by continuing to socialize on the Web, through COVID, we are coercing people to become more active Collaborators with the contemporary kyriarchy, creating more Web users, coercing more people...
"Not to understate things, but: bummer!"
full essay at https://emsenn.substack.com/p/on-decolonizing-my-web-use
It's so... weird being in this position of privilege where I am online, and I have a computer, but my most recently piece of hardware is a ~6 year old smartphone. It feels like every day another part of the Web increases how much power it requires to participate, and shuts itself off from me.
And it's weird from my perspective, but y'know who I bet it's really weird for? The people with fancy-enough tech to not notice these things, and so not notice that certain folk, after an update, stop posting less because the app drains their battery.
I bet they don't really notice that the Web is becoming a place where you're either bougie, or a serf to the bougie: everyone who hasn't "opted into" that hyper-inflated income segment of our society isn't able to keep up with buying new phones and laptops, and so just... isn't in that social community anymore.
And yet those people /continue/ to perceive themselves, and their methods, as the most likely means of our collective salvation.
Even as they don't notice the whitening of their society.
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This twitter thread from the Caves Of Qud devs about how they keep the alt-right out of their game community is worth reading.
yes, it is true that both gals came but NOT GAY because they're just friends
well yes officer it is true that the gals were cuddling naked in bed but they are most definitely just pals
I mean, yes, they're cuddling, but they're not gay
but it was not to be. sometimes genders depended on other things, like weather or temperature or what have you. The genderologist ran out of patience for the moment and decided to get something warm and soothing to drink instead
"this is very frustrating," the genderologist exclaimed. but there were more genders to categorize. the genderologist sighed a heavy sigh and got back to work.
the next thought that came to the genderologist is that perhaps gender is a function of time. since time is a real value, then |G| = |f: ℝ -> ℝ^2| = ||ℝ^(2ℝ)|
"FUCK," replies the genderologist.
one might be tempted to say that G is isomorphic to the plane where male is one axis and female the other axis. this accounts for genders which contain a lot of genderness (pangender) and those which contain none (agender). |G| = |ℝ^2|.
but again, there exist genders which are not in this model. for instance, a genderfluid person's experience of gender cannot be categorized on this model
the genderologist considers again. "fine. what if there is a line with male at one infinity and female at the other?" that is, G is the same size as the set of real numbers, ℝ, i.e. |G| = |ℝ|. this is yet again easy to disprove by the existence of a gender which is not on the real line. for instance, pangender and agender
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Anarchy is good.
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