How did we get here? Seriously

Seeing how companies like Facebook are driving the potential of information technology into the ground here are two three four some videos on the background of the industry.

 

Stage 1: Hope – the origins

link to Richard Barbrook: Californian Ideology 20.2 on vimeo

Further reading at The Jacobin.

Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance

 

Stage 2: Change – turning south

link to Sleeping Through a Revolution – Jonathan Taplin on vimeo

link to How the Internet Became a Battlefield on Bitchute

‘One Has This Feeling of Having Contributed to Something That’s Gone Very Wrong’

An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption

What Has Google Ever Done for Us?

This Is How We Radicalized The World

‘I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place’

‘Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe,’ by Roger McNamee

Google and YouTube executives ignored warnings on toxic video content, now we’re all paying the price

Why do people believe the Earth is flat?

Cryptodamages: Monetary value estimates of the air pollution and human health impacts of cryptocurrency mining

European Internet “Self-Governing” Body Ignores Own Report and Continues to Serve Criminals

The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong?

Revealed: Google made large contributions to climate change deniers

Sacha Baron Cohen’s scathing attack on Facebook

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Culture Isn’t Free

 

Stage 3: Action – or eternal tyranny

link to Take Back Your Web – Tantek Çelik

The Revolt of the Public: Martin Gurri

Putting a price on our data won’t make the platforms stop abusing our privacy

The American Conservative and free speech without public spaces

At This Point We Have to ask Ourselves: is Google Opposed to Article 13 or the Nation State Itself? PT 2

How I fell out of love with the internet

Google reaped millions in tax breaks as it secretly expanded its real estate footprint across the U.S.

Let’s talk about ride-sharing.

After 6 Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Go Wrong?

Bruce Schneier makes the case for “public interest technologists”

Evgeny Morozov: Competition and Cooperation in Digital Capitalism

Mensch sein in Zeiten digitaler Entmenschlichung

 

And even furtherer reading and viewing:

And here is a guy doing a somewhat proper analysis, while pulling odd examples such as doctors in rural Africa (good luck finding one), while ignoring the harm YouTube did to recording musicians everywhere:
How “philanthropy” is a way for rich people to preserve the inequality that benefits them

Ethan Marcotte on the consequences of design on the web

The Epstein scandal at MIT shows the moral bankruptcy of techno-elites

And slightly related a new round of funding for future self made tech pioneers:
Trump signs ‘American AI Initiative’ executive order to prioritize federal funding for artificial intelligence research

New Album by The James Hunter Six

Currently available for pre-order. Get your Popcorn while it’s hot.

Revelation Marrakech Quartertone Guitar Demo Video

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Here’s a guitarist (I assume from Azerbaijan) who put some quarter tone frets on his trusty Jolana Tornado.

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This guitarist put only one extra fret between the second and third regular ones, and is playing a melody more familiar to western ears.

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What comes after more and more frets? That’s right – no frets:

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