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 videos on the background of the industry.

link to Richard Barbrook: Californian Ideology 20.2 on vimeo

link to Sleeping Through a Revolution – Jonathan Taplin on vimeo

link to How the Internet Became a Battlefield on Bitchute

Further reading at The Jacobin.

And even furtherer reading and viewing:

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

The Revolt of the Public: Martin Gurri

The American Conservative and free speech without public spaces

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

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’

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

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

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

How I fell out of love with the internet

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


 

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

Documentary on America’s Hotrod Enthusiasts

A film about aging gasoline enthusiasts? Sounds boring, but what’s so cool about it, is that they all race vintage vehicles for their hobby. On the surface the message appears to be about the use of fossile fuels for fun, but the greater underlying topic is a whole sub-culture seperated from our modern day throw away economy. So there is an idea here bound to transcend into a better future!

If the name Daniel Soares rings a bell, it’s because you’ve probably seen the awesome night photography series of his that we’ve previously posted, where Soares captures New York City’s night owls on the prowl. For his latest creative offering that we’re sharing with you sees Soares take on a totally different medium: video–although as a whole, Soares is Known for both his photography and filmmaking. For the projec the’s officially entitled The Normal People, the Brooklyn-based creative manages the document the annual event of American hotrod enthusiasts that meet up once a year to put pedal to the metal on a beach in Wildwood, New Jersey. Beautifully captured and captivating in its results, we the viewer delves into the lives of these passionate hotrodders who puts on quite a show with their vintage beasts, many of which date back to the 1920’s and 1930’s. Filled with artistic close up, slow mo action and a badass soundtrack to boot, we get to enjoy a snippet of what it must feel

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Yet another use for public beaches!