The Brilliant podcast on contemporary critiques of technology - Set I (of II)

  • Posted on: 19 December 2017
  • By: aragorn

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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Episode 59 - Gerardo (haters to the left)

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 He has already reflected on our conversation on his podcast.

Episode 60 - Paul Z Simons (wandering post-left anarchist)

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.

Episode 61 - Ramon Elani (black seed editor)

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 You can give him all the monies at

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.



One of the most denounced articles in Atassa 1 was written by Ramon.
Yes, of course. That's because it was poorly researched and written. But that's on par with all that bad poetry he pumps out under various pseudonyms that shows up over at maldicion eco-extremista. Why hide it, Mr. Warrior? Re-wilding isn't enough... gotta create a fictitious online movement and personas, too!

Pee is stored in the balls.

I have yet to read Atassa, so I would like to know what was poorly researched about his article?

Where are episodes 62 and 63?

They will be out by the end of the year (recorded but not processed)

A! keeps saying that he and his crew have a new, updated, transcendent critique of technology, but episode after episode I don't hear any new critique of technology except "the internet is pretty new and different", and a bunch of very tangentially related, mealy-mouthed musings. Spit it out already. I feel like if anything, the internet is an affirmation of the Zerzanian/AP critique of technology.

and water is wet.

I have never said that. I have said that I think the Internet requires a new, deeper, critique of technology but I am not creating that critique in a lab. I'm working through what it would look like in conversation. I'm also sharing that conversation.

i have care. there is (es gibt) care.

skill of talking while not saying very much. Many of his podcasts are waffle and I have to congratulate the dude for his longevity. He is The Spectacle.

the butthurt bro(s) complaining about aragorn's contribution while contributing nothing themselves is the highest form of millennial self-suck. put that shit on cam to Increase Glorious Dollars and you will have the leftist utopia you desire.

dear aragorn,

good lord, for the sake of the milieu, for the sake of struggle, please oh please make it so that your questions, musings, refusal to offer solutions, and experiments...aragorn, do offer them up in a way that we can instrumentalize it all. for your curiosity about a newer discussion on violence you sure don't do enough violence to language, for my tastes.

signed in Solidarity,
a pop-cultural Organizer-walletbook

For once I was able to resist the urge to switch off this podcast because Rydra gives it a breath of fresh air due to him never being pretentious. He is unafraid to speak from within. Yes, Rydra goes off on tangents and that can be checked to keep him on the question asked. Please have Rydra on again if he is up for it. Also, JZ's critique of technology is not just an 80s and/or 90s critique, JZ adds to his critique through his radio show and books post 90s. Many people struggle with JZ's critique because it is a strong critique and whenever he is challenged on it, he us more than able to counter any challenge. Aragorn! I know you and John have your differences. However, could you both not 'work' together on a Brilliant podcast? If this is not possible, would you consider Layla AbdelRahim as a guest who has her own AP perspective which includes not using non-humans. She believes civilisation was possibly in reaction (a solution?) to the human situation at that time. Thanks

Having Layla AbdelRahim on the Brilliant would be Brilliant. She'd probably do it, too. Site: Email: leila.ar2011 [@] gmail

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