Which age are we living in ?
Is it the hyper age of Communications and Networking ?
Is it the golded age of Information, Data ?
or we live in ages & cages of :
- algorthmic supervision & management
- data driven algorithms that are highly biased by data and organizations that run it
- automated oppression, and discrimination
- identity theft and technocratic governance
- free to choose our employer but not my decisions
- where every student of engineering & technology asks for automation as their ultimate fantasy ?
Why we as critical individuals are not capable enough to do something against at, even at personal and individual level. ?
Even if we are ready to do so? do we have the means/modes and power to act, bootstrap and propel ourselves together towards such anti-oppressive - which is anti-hegemonic forces ?
We in Free Software and Open Hardware - Scientifically driven Technologic communities, somehow have a huge collection of tools, frameworks, practices that really have the potential to illustrate democracy, cooperation, collaborative decision making, reaching consensus for commons, self organizing common resources, etc…
But still why cannot we make a alter-real-business model that can provide a plan, action calling plan, to bootstrap and break ourselves ourselves from the chain of oppression (economic, cultural). Why we do we still go work for corporate houses, boring institutions, media houses, think tanks that actually serve the capitalistic, castist, nationalistic, fascist forces in society for 5 days, and work 2 days for satisfying ourselves by internalizing radical thoughts and self satisfying ourselves that we are actually working towards that, while in the long run, numbers and maths being rational and cold - state that the more work one puts for such oppressive forces, are going to be leading and dominating our life behaviours.
Let’s discuss that. This need not be philosophical. Being philosophical is enough. There are people who have done that well that us. We need discussion that generates righteous indignation within ourselves, help us survive the battle that long happening without oneself and work collectively towards a end, that need to be satisfying one by creating a common bridge between Labour Power and Social Good. A fundamental contradiction which most of the time we fail to ignore.
Either being a Hacktivist, Slacktivist, or Activist is not enough. Instead of tiring ourselves with reasons that stops us from being non active, we need narration, stories, reasons that movitates us that drives us for action. If we agree to that, we are going to meet our true self at several instances, and confrant us within ourself, and ask questions that actually going to depress us - but it is the path that we have already chosen to walk. Aren’t we ?
When are we going to attain our peace ? How ? Is evangelising, and taking philosophical or skill development classes alone is going to do that ? Come on, do we have the illustrative power to give what the current student needs in the AI/ML demanding system ? Neither do we have infrastructure nor the complete political depth of automation to be ourselves responsible.
Yes educating the students and academy is essential. It is vital and prime. But is that it ? what is the indication that such community has matured ?
Answer me Truthfully. Please dont state shell reasons. State what is stopping you from framing such a plan and action ?