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What It Means to Be a Marxist
What Marxism teaches us is simply to approach questions of society from a material basis: how does human life persist? Through production of the goods and services needed to live. How are these things produced under capitalist society? Through exploitation of the labor of the working class, that is, by requiring one class of people to sell their labor as a commodity to another class to produce values. What is the result of this system? That workers are “alienated” from their labor, meaning from much of their waking life, constantly required to produce more and more with an ever-precarious access to the means of subsistence.
politics  economics  marxism  socialism  culture  labour 
7 days ago by grantpotter
Cynicism, Not Gullibility, Will Kill Our Humanity | Hapgood
Major advances in the U.S. — from civil rights to the social safety net — have been driven by the public being confronted with the consequences of their inaction or action and having to reckon with that. But if everything is worthy of low trust at best, you never need to confront the impacts of policy or politics or personal action.
literacy  digipo  digitalliteracy  news  Education  teaching  learning  culture 
20 days ago by grantpotter
Video: What fascism is...and isn't - boing - Boing Boing BBS
Fascism is an authoritarian oligarchy which uses xenophobia as a rallying tool.
politics  culture  facism 
21 days ago by grantpotter
'We Are as Gods and Might as Well Get Good at It'
1) Useful as a tool, 2) Relevant to independent education, 3) High quality or low cost, 4) Easily available by mail.
culture  history  internet  technology 
22 days ago by grantpotter
The End of Trust | Electronic Frontier Foundation
a collection of essays and interviews focusing on issues related to technology, privacy, and surveillance
privacy  surveillance  technology  culture  politics 
27 days ago by grantpotter
Opinion | The Newest Jim Crow - The New York Times
“It’s tempting to believe that computers will be neutral and objective, but algorithms are nothing more than opinions embedded in mathematics.”
ai  machinelearning  mathematics  math  politics  culture  technology 
5 weeks ago by grantpotter
Why does Jordan Peterson resonate with white supremacists?
“identity politics” is used as an expression to identify political deviance — to describe political actions defying imbalanced political structures we’ve been conditioned to accept.
politics  culture 
6 weeks ago by grantpotter
Black Liberation - 1967
Made with the direct participation of Malcolm X and narrated by Ossie Davis, this work of political cinema offers an intense, incendiary vision of black revolution across America.
documentary  history  politics  culture  economics  film  video 
6 weeks ago by grantpotter
Tax the Rich
markets don’t precede government policy — they’re created by it
politics  culture  taxes  economics 
7 weeks ago by grantpotter
Jacques Ellul: A Prophet for Our Tech-Saturated Times | The Tyee
resistance meant teaching people how to be conscious amphibians, with one foot in traditional human societies, and to purposefully choose which technologies to bring into their communities.
technology  culture  teaching  learning  Education  politics 
7 weeks ago by grantpotter
Video games: the addiction
"a procedural event in which one's moral perception of the (admittedly much sillier) situation is scrambled by myriad other distractions."
videogame  videogames  addiction  culture  technology 
9 weeks ago by grantpotter
The Suffocation of Democracy | by Christopher R. Browning | The New York Review of Books
Faced with the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the US election and collusion with members of his campaign, Trump and his supporters’ first line of defense has been twofold—there was “no collusion” and the claim of Russian meddling is a “hoax.” The second line of defense is again twofold: “collusion is not a crime” and the now-proven Russian meddling had no effect. I suspect that if the Mueller report finds that the Trump campaign’s “collusion” with Russians does indeed meet the legal definition of “criminal conspiracy” and that the enormous extent of Russian meddling makes the claim that it had no effect totally implausible, many Republicans will retreat, either implicitly or explicitly, to the third line of defense: “Better Putin than Hillary.” There seems to be nothing for which the demonization of Hillary Clinton does not serve as sufficient justification, and the notion that a Trump presidency indebted to Putin is far preferable to the nightmare of a Clinton victory will signal the final Republican reorientation to illiberalism at home and subservience to an authoritarian abroad.
politics  culture  history 
10 weeks ago by grantpotter
The Age of Distraction: reclaiming our attention from technology’s hands
"digital technologies now privilege our impulses over our intentions. As information technologies have enveloped our lives, they have transformed our experiential world into a never-ending flow of novel attentional rewards. "
attention  politics  technology  culture 
june 2018 by grantpotter
The existential paranoia fueling Elon Musk's fear of AI | Document Journal
"Once you extol emotionless logic as the ideal form of thought, then you’ll fear becoming the rounding error in someone else’s logical calculations."
ai  culture  technology  machinelearning 
june 2018 by grantpotter
Why we should bulldoze the business school| News | The Guardian
"the business school acts as an apologist, selling ideology as if it were science."
highered  education  politics  culture 
june 2018 by grantpotter
Mozilla Foundation – Mozilla Information Trust Initiative
Mozilla is working to surface new ideas that seek to address misinformation, cognitive bias, “belief echos,” and algorithmic “filter bubbles.” The initiative will launch efforts in four areas: products, research, visualization, and
literacy  digitalliteracy  culture  technology  social  teaching  learning  research 
february 2018 by grantpotter
Misinformation Research
This is an open article database for information pollution researchers. The purpose of this database is to support community and platform research to fight misinformation online. It is a work in progress.
literacy  digitalliteracy  culture  technology  social  teaching  learning  research 
february 2018 by grantpotter
Data Selfie
Data Selfie is a browser extension that tracks you while you are on Facebook to show you your own data traces and reveal what machine learning algorithms could predict about your personality based on that data.
data  privacy  social  surveillance  platformcapitalism  culture  technology 
january 2018 by grantpotter
Quadrilateral Cowboy
Quadrilateral Cowboy is a cyberpunk heist adventure.
games  videogame  culture  technology  indie 
december 2017 by grantpotter
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