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  1. Feb 2021
    1. women, bisexuals and those students with previous experience of mental health difficulties

      Interesting race, class, ethnicity and disabilities have been left out.

    2. particular groups of students

      Oh! Tell me more about this particular group of students

    3. elf-reporting surveys, question-naires and reflective journals to make sense of loneliness within uni-versity setting

      This is creating a certain kind of confessional subject, it is a sort of disciplining scheme!

    4. moral panic,

      This is small fry stuff! The colored folks are going to corrupt the lily white kids. The increase campus incidents of sexual violence can be chalked up to this. Yes! Bring on the dubious correlations.

    5. And by what instruments are we measuring such rises

      Does it need to be an instrument that measures it? If so let us talk about how this instrument is going to be weaponized and marketed? How can we use this data collected about loneliness to inflict harm on people? OR sell them stuff? Both options allow for the research investment to produce an ROI that is of benefit to the state or the corporate-state.

    6. university lonelines

      Is it because it's not just rich white Christian men who are attending university now? And this is just dressed up psychographic research to keep tabs on the coloured folks?

    7. destabilizing tim

      The pressures that immigrant parents put on their children is just deplorable But this all tells us how prevailing the myth of meritocratic success really is.

    8. growing interest in the reported inci-dence of loneliness within higher education

      Is this because over the last 20 years or so the number of BIPOC students on campus have increased and these structures were not built to support the needs of students coming from those backgrounds. So they feel really out of place and alienated? Is it because they are not financially well-off and therefore have less time to interact with their peers on campus in co-curricular activities that would help them feel like they belong? The number of non-hegemonic participants on campus increasing doesn't automatically make them the hegemons. They are still a minority, because their interests are not reflected in the institutional norms and values.

    9. college students, nurses, teachers, the elderly

      Out of these only the elderly are not engaged in the labour force. So the others can be addressed in terms of labour output and productivity metrics. If lonely labourers are not productive labourers perhaps their living arrangements can include some socialization in order to induce changes to labour productivity. In this case, studying loneliness is good for management to come up with better loneliness mitigation strategies which is good for the corporate bottom line.

    10. quantifying the issue in order to gauge the scale of the problem

      This is interesting! In order for an issue to be addressed, it has be quantified, enumerated, and gauged to be be able to parse it. i.e. As soon as something is enumerated it is by extension informationalized and datafied, Whereupon it can interact with other datasets and be used by decision makers based on how much it costs. The price-point determines the severity of the issue. i.e in other words, quantifying the problem is asking, how much is this going to cost me? And if its a problem I can choose to ignore, if it doesn't cost all that much.

    11. ‘emotional loneliness

    12. who are miserable despite having very many social interactions

      People locked up in carceral institutions whose interactions do not include any that they would consider nourishing interactions.

    13. subjective discrepancy between the amount of social contact one would like to have, and the amount of social interactions one actually has.

      Too bad he didn't consider a pandemic an externality that would turn most of us into bread-baking tradwives, camgirls, and incels.

    14. accounts of students who have felt loneliness during their studies

      In A Beautiful Mind, when Marcee runs through a flock of pigeons they don't move, because she's not real, she's a figment of John Nash's imagination.

    15. loneliness at university.

      Its like reading about Eleanor Rigby's years as a university student.


    16. Minister for Sport, Civil Society and Loneliness

      I had just read how Japan appoints 'minister of loneliness' to help people home alone. So it seems like bureaucratizing loneliness will allow for public administrators to gather qualitative and quantitative data about lonely people.

    17. loneliness

      Now could it be that loneliness is a product of being trained to be self-sufficient, self-reliant, selfish to the point of being narcissistic and taking selfies? The quantified self movement has made being selfish a virtue, you can upload data about your corporeal self and tweak your behaviors to get the needed results.

      Is the fission reaction that comes after the nuclear family goes kaboom? We have been atomized! And this was a long time coming.

    1. How do you hold oppressive technology accountable in a white supremacist capitalist ageist ableist cisheteropatriachal society where violence is dealt to the oppressed with impunity?

      This section was titled Dialectics, and yet it is unfortunate how there is very little if any dialectical thinking that is employed in the arguments presented in this section.

    2. administrative violence

      This is not a contemporary phenomenon, there is a long storied history to this narrative. And there have been several scholars over the years who have written about the topic.

    3. weaponizing predictive policing (

      Perhaps including the work of Simone Browne and Virginia Eubanks would have been helpful. As true as these statements are historicizing them and showing how what is happening in the here and now can be traced back to other periods in time where/when the cutting/bleeding edge technologies of that space/time were deployed for the very same purposes would have been a great reminder to the reader what is at stake here.

    4. technology should not gender

      Lenna would like to have a word!

    5. accidentally discriminate

      The use of scare quotes without a citation, is problematic. Is the charge here that the discrimination, is in fact not accidental but deliberate for the most part?

    6. we want to emphasize and critique the material outcomes of haywire technologies on oppressed peoples’ lives

      Defining haywire technology would have been helpful. What is the particularity of a haywire technology that solicits this particular intervention? What are the haywire attributes that are best addressed vis-a-vis the lens being employed here.

    7. Then why are we allowing algorithmically oppressive tools to fail oppressed people for the sake of “science”... and profit?

      I get a very Lovecraft Country vibe here! That's cool! But argumentatively I am not sure what is happening here.

    8. Thus,sociotechnical design is not only embedded with oppression but also perpetuates it.

      Perhaps, talking about how dating apps, break up apps, etc. work this point could have been made with interesting technical examples that make the case.

    9. sexual violence against us and our daughters,

      Perhaps illustrating this with an example would help the reader understand where this pathos is linked to historical evidence. e.g. Sarah Baartman, [Tuskegee syphilis experiment] (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/tuskegee-study-medical-distrust-research/487439/)

    10. white men are not mothers of daughters who face racist and sexist violence, and therefore have not stopped to think about the pain and very real consequences of their technologies

      Perhaps, the author could give the reader an example here. e.g. James Marion Sims' inventing of the speculum, and the tests that he performed on black women, presuming that they do not feel pain the same way, could have made the case here.

    11. In part, suppression of Black feminist thoughthas gotten us into this algorithmic oppression nightmare.

    12. then they will not resist this domination

    13. notice how I mention 13 forms of oppression and still had to specify therearemore

      And what is the point of this showboating? This could be perceived as concern-trolling.

    14. we obscure the fact that there are power imbalances that are deeply embedded in societal systems and institutions

      The argument here as I understanding is conflating how the tech corp. is trying to do a face lift and get the optics right. These are band-aid solutions that solve the DEI problem. That doesn't fix the issues that have to do with the issues pertaining to sorting and sifting through data. The oppressive regime exists as software, hardware and wetware. Tokenism is problematic, but that is something that cannot be braided into the concerns emanating from the critique of algorithmic oppression.

    15. Bringing Black tokens into capitalist profit-first tech companies does not necessarily fix issues in technology, especially when their voices and existence are discarded, and they are treated as an incompetent, undeserving, unworthy diversity hire who has nothing to contribute but a 0.0001% increase in the number of Black people at the company to help the company’sreputation fare better while “diversity and inclusion” and “social responsibility” are trendy and profitable right now.

      As much as I agree with the sentiment, I am struggling to see how this relates to the topic sentence of this paragraph.

    16. mimic corporate social responsibility

      Woke-washing exists? Gasp!

    17. massive influence

      How so? Rather than handwaving, if there was material evidence presented with a few examples this sentence might have come across as less hyperbolic.

    18. accomplices

      If this in reference to someone the likes of Google CEO Sundar Pichai or the CEO of Microsoft is Satya Nadella. These brown men represent what intergenerational privilege, looks like when applied to brahimincal patriarchy.

    19. not radical enough

    20. oppressive technolog

      Defining an oppressive technology and historicizing oppressive technologies would have helped the author make the case better. e.g. The Pear of Anguish is an historical example of an oppressive technology. Pear of Anguish

    21. Those who benefit from oppression are young, thin, abled, Christian, affluent, cisheterosexual, white, men, etc.

      This is true in a Western context, and in the North American context. But if you look at the oppressive regimes of the Global South, e.g. Saudi Arabia, India, Thailand, etc the oppressive tradecraft is practiced very differently.

    22. Black Feminist Musings on Algorithmic Oppression

      I came across this paper after I saw the twitter kerfuffle that went down between Safiya Noble and the student. Noble's comment to the student was that they had to build upon earlier works rather than try to tear it down. There was a time when scholarly critique meant ripping the previous scholar shreds to establish your presence in the field. (The scene from Game of Thrones where a Khallasar takes the throne comes to mind!)

  2. Jun 2017