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  1. Mar 2019
    1. We don't need a backbone. We don't need an information backbone. With an ad hoc network

      Galloway thinks that the most important DIY tech development could be ad-hoc networks.

    2. Critique means you have to take a position, and you have to defend it. Likewise, you have to be against something. This produces a dynamic or differential.

      How is this as a definition of "critical"?

    3. open-source licenses replacing or standing in for the idea of being critical or thoughtful.

      Open source washing - using open source as a stand in for truly thinking about culture, IP, accountability, etc.

    4. we now focus a lot of energy on the elevation of the individual's productive capacity

      The maker movement is a symptom of a larger phenomenon, which is about individual productivity.

  2. Apr 2017
    1. But sometimes repairing means creating a novel tool;

      static repair v. dynamic repair

    2. three key concepts speak to an elevated degree of  subversion
      • shift from industrial to artisanal
      • defying traditional lifecycle
      • alternative functions
    3. a growing disrespect for an object’s identity and for the truth and authority it embodies

      Definition of technological disobedience

    1. where the remixed version challenges the aura of the original and claims autonomy even when it carries the original's name.

      Definition of a "reflexive" remix: challenges the "aura" of the original

    2. offer resistance to dominant narratives

      Part of what gives these remixes the status of an "argument"

    3. Vidding, she explains, "is a form of grassroots filmmaking in which clips from television shows and movies are set to music" such that the images are read through the interpretive lens of the song

      Definition of vidding

    4. Homer stitched together prefabricated parts. Instead of a creator, you had an assembly-line worker"

      Homer as uncreative genius

    5. viewing remix as a digital speech act would rid of us terms like appropriation and recycling, which suggest the primacy of an original author or text

      Kuhn's wants to fight back against the tendency to view the original/source as "better"

    6. a digital utterance expressed across the registers of the verbal, the aural, and the visual

      Kuhn's definition of "remix." What's missing from it?

    7. a claim for which evidence is provided, that also retains a dialogic or conversational nature

      Kuhn's definition of "argument"

  3. Mar 2017
    1. We carry personal computers in our pockets—nothing could be more decentralized than this!—but have surrendered control of our data, which is stored on centralized servers, far away from our pockets.

      The illusion of freedom, while in fact we are tethered to companies.

  4. Mar 2016
    1. the makerspace community continues to judge itself on the basis of startup metrics:

      A huge mistake, IMHO!

    2. Kickstarter has a thirty-seven percent failure rate

      Actually lower than I would have thought!

    3. And while the case for makerspaces has centered on educational and economic impact

      Hmmm, I actually see the greatest potential of makerspaces in being so-called "third spaces": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_place

    4. bleeding-edge application and grown-up play,

      And another way to think about maker culture

    5. a new amalgam of art, craft, and technology.

      One way of thinking about making: art + craft + technology

    6. Trenton

    1. Rachel Maines's work
    2. Make magazine brand of making usually involve building things with Arduinos, making LEDs light up, and using 3D printers--in many ways, this seems like just of another style of technology consumer.

      "Making" is just another aspect of consumer culture.

    3. Today, everyone is a maker, but no one is really making anything.
    4. So let's learn how to code, but let's also read Plato.
    1. “Towards a Liberatory Technology,”
    2. Ivan Illich’s “Tools for Conviviality,”

      I should put this on the syllabus! A classic work!

    3. Inequality here is not just a matter of who owns and runs the means of physical production but also of who owns and runs the means of intellectual production—the so-called “attention economy”

      The online world reproduces (and introduces new) inequalities that exist offline.

    4. Department of Defense

      Connections between the maker movement and defense industry echoes longstanding relationship between the military and tech.

    5. Anderson starts by confusing the history of the Web with the history of capitalism and ends by speculating about the future of the maker movement, which, on closer examination, is actually speculation on the future of capitalism

      Connections between making and capitalism. "Making" is just a Trojan Horse for capitalism and commodification.

    6. our hackers aren’t smashing the system; they’re fiddling with it so that they can get more work done.

      "Hacking" as a synonym for productivity.

    7. He distinguished the hackers from the planners

      hacker v. planner. It's really easy to set up dichotomies between hackers and other categories, because "hacker" is such an amorphous term.

    8. “The modern man, who should be a craftsman, but who, in most cases, is compelled by force of circumstances to be a mill operative, has no freedom,”

      And I like the phrasing of this line too. How would we update it for the 21st century?

    9. “when the philosopher goes to work and the working man becomes a philosopher.”

      I like the phrasing here, but I'm guessing Morozov is skeptical about this idea.