#BlackLivesMatter

There’s a lot to chew on in . Thematically it is right up my street, in that it is linking leftist ideas from history to modern issues around digital technology and . It is ultimately about how , while warning against .

As the planet slides further toward a potential future of catastrophic climate change, and as society glorifies billionaires while billions languish in poverty, digital technology could be a tool for arresting capitalism’s death drive and radically transforming the prospects of humanity. But this requires that we politically organize to demand something different.

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and his work on are used as a frame for . The historial commons is linked to the . is a jumping off point for and . And lots of other interesting juxtapositions.

It’s full of ideas and statements that I agree with. It’s so choc full of stuff that I’m not sure that I’ve come away from it with a coherent idea of what is to be done – it’s more of a manifesto than a handbook. Each chapter does have broad strokes of ideas, just more long-term legislative or policy demands than immediate opportunities for praxis. But definitely good jumping off points. For example, , and adjacent ideas (e.g. ) are mentioned for digital self-determination, although you’ll be left to your own devices as to how you do something practical with those ideas.

Anyway, it’s something I will definitely return to when I circle round to particular ideas again.

Finished Future Histories by Lizzie O’Shea

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