Neil's Noodlemaps

2020-04-10

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1 Crossposting

Crossposting augments my writing to not only exist as something else (blocks) but to interact with more types of media (not just other words but images and video) in a different way (connecting blocks to other blocks).

From Blog to Blocks — CJ Eller

This is really interesting from CJ Eller on the potential of crossposting. Interesting to think about how it fits in with the IndieWeb ideas of owning your own content and POSSEing (publishing on your own site, syndicating elsewhere).

I've thought of POSSE before more as a means of transitioning away from the big platforms (the bit tyrants) while they still have the network effects. But this is more about your stuff existing in various locations as a means to enable new creative uses of it.

2 Listened to "Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley"

https://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/bit-tyrants

Listened to this interview discussing the book "Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley" with Rob Larson on Rev Left Radio. The bit tyrants here being the 5 big ones, Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook.

The discussion touches on the "two guys in a garage" origin myth of lots of big tech, and the narrative that these new corporations are somehow better than the oil and steel monopolies of old, that they're 'good capitalism' with no violence. But there's plenty of violence and exploitation - just hidden away somewhere in the supply chain.

They also talk about how they got where they were mainly from network effects built off of the back of research from the public sector.

The proposed solution of "online socialism" seemed a bit barebones - just focusing on organising and unionising of tech workers. Probably expanded upon more in the book, but here at least there wasn't any mention of building or using alternatives.

Also its apparently one chapter at the end of the book. Fair enough, it's good to have scene-setting and an evidence-base of what the problem is, but I'm more interested these days in ideas for the solution.

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