For example, it’s quite telling that this group of coders and designers decided it wouldn’t be fucking embarrassing to go forward with this product with so so so little diversity on their team. That wasn’t a deal-breaker for them. Demographic diversity is closely tied to a diversity in perspectives and ideas. Like, if this group was even a little more diverse they would likely have known better than to make a social site live without a block button. As @interdome said, “if a social network can’t figure out that it will need a block button on its own, I don’t have much hope for it’s survival.”
As it goes, Ello creator Paul Budnitz said, “we built Ello for people like ourselves”.
This is yet another example of social media built by designers, coders, and entrepreneurs, but no central role for those expert in thinking about and researching the social world. The people who have decided they should mediate our social interactions and write a political manifesto have no special expertise in the social or political. I’m pretty tired of social technologies being treated as far more technology than social, where the coders and designers run the thing and those who study social relations, study sex and gender and race and sexuality and identity and culture and power and domination and vulnerability and resistance and everything else hope to get our opinions heard later on.
To argue on behalf of indigenous nationhood within the dominant Western paradigm is self-defeating. To frame the struggle to achieve justice in terms of indigenous “claims” against the state is implicitly to accept the fiction of state.
The mythology of the state is hegemonic, and the struggle for justice would be better served by undermining the myth of state sovereignty than by carving out a small and dependent space for indigenous peoples within it.
Taiaiake Alfred, Kahnawake
If you don’t have a copy of Taiaiake Alfred’s ‘Peace, Power, Righteousness - an Indigenous Manifesto’, you need to head to your local bookshop asap. This book is mind-blowing and a great help in forming one’s own thoughts and theories on decolonisation.
weird thing just now: sitting here with my laptop and watching my friend pass by and check his phone. at the same time a notification pops up and effectively i see the facebook like travel from him to me. i think a computer just gave me a feeling of telepathy; how cyberpunk