December 31, 2016

HEWN, No. 194

I cannot believe Carrie Fisher is gone, drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.

Fighting fascism. This is our mission. Now, always. “Leia Organa: A Critical Obituary” by Malcolm Sheppard. “General Leia Organa Is The Hero We Need Right Now” by Anne Theriault. “Politicizing Star Wars: Anti-Fascism vs. Nostalgia in ‘Rogue One’” by Dan Hassler-Forest. “From Tape Drives to Memory Orbs, the Data Formats of Star Wars Suck” by Sarah Jeong. (Spoilers!)

Elsewhere in the history of the future of technology and war: “The Internet Law That Explains Why 2016 Was So Terrible,” by Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner. “Our Digital Idiocy” by L. M. Sacasas. “Be Healthy or Else: How Corporations Became Obsessed with Fitness Tracking” by Cathy O’Neil. Amazon patents drone delivery zeppelins, but I’m sure it’ll be wonderful. It’s all wonderful. "Alexa, will you testify against me?"  “The Ugly Unethical Underside of Silicon Valley” by Erin Griffith. “This East Bay neighborhood has higher lead exposure rate than Flint, Michigan,” The San Francisco Business Times reports. “More than one-third of schoolchildren are homeless in shadow of Silicon Valley,” The Guardian reports. Silicon Valley claims they’re going to “fix” education and they won’t even address the poisons and poverty in their own backyard.

Elsewhere in the awfulness of technology, my new book is out – the third in my “monsters of ed-tech” series: The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology.

And what a cursed, monstrous year this has been.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure 2017 will be much better. What does it mean to live without hope? We shall see. We shall see…

Yours in struggle,