The Brilliant podcast on contemporary critiques of technology - Set I (of II)
From The Brilliant
The goal of this series of conversations is to discuss our critique(s) of technology and how these critiques have changed in the past few decades. Specifically we are discussing new technologies like mobile and Internet technology. Communication has changed. How we access information has changed. How has this meant that we have changed too?
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This episode is interesting because, while I do not know Gerardo personally, I talk about him all the time. He is the "millenial anarchist" whose experience of anarchism has, until very recently, begun and ended with the Internet. As a curious teenager Gerardo has consumed the web, podcasts, and whatever PDF-version of @ he could. As a result his position derives solely from this modern communication form. This makes him an interesting subject to begin a conversation about a modern, or new, critique of civilization and technology.
His podcast is at http://haters.life. He has already reflected on our conversation on his podcast.
Paul requires no introduction to most The Brilliant listeners. He is a long time friend and collaborator (Check out Black Eye). He is an editor of Modern Slavery. He has been involved in AJODA and a ton of other projects. Most recently he has been proselytizing "black anarchy" and is based in São Paulo, Brazil.
We spend the first twelve minutes catching up on what Brazil is like, what Paul is fascinated with currently, what sectarian anarchism looks like in South America before we get to the topic of technology. Paul describes the Internet provocatively as a weapon of war.
Ramon Elani has entered our lives in a rush of output and energy. He is part of the new crew of Black Seed editors (starting issue 5). He has contributed content to both the Dark Mountain project and Gods and Radicals. One of the most denounced articles in Atassa 1 was written by Ramon. He is a post-academic (who is healing fast), that lives in the country, and attends to babies and whatnot. You can find the bulk of his creative output at his blog https://thetigersleap.wordpress.com/. You can give him all the monies at https://www.patreon.com/runewhisper.
Our conversation ranges from academic poop (Hegel & Derrida) to Zerzan. I start saying "as far as I'm concerned" for some strange reason. What does a post-Heidegger critique of technology look like? Messiness! Rewilding is not enough (BS#5 reference). Hard rejection vs Soft rejection (Attack vs personal action). Facebook. Jung. Inward vs outward looking? Is technology fluid? We get into anthropology critique. Health (goop reference). Solutions, ha. Propoganda and anti-blackseedness. Indigeneity. How do we call out people for being sub-awesome without participating in what is horrible about call-out culture. Sacrifice. Intertwined.