The Archive, the Ledger, and the Enclosure of Experience

The Archive and its silences are reproduced in schools through history curricula wherein Black people are perpetual victims with brief flashes of intelligence, resilience, or moral standing, and only where these things are amenable to the state and capital. Those lacunae wherein we exercise our freedom, agency, and authentic self-expression — remain hidden beneath the ... Read More

EdTech, Big Data, and Surveillance

We have been manipulated into complicity in our own surveillance, trading not just our own safety, security, and sovereignty, but that of nearly everyone else in the world, for conveniences we have otherwise never known. Most of us barely grasp the unprecedented power we have vested in this network, such as to position these companies ... Read More

Learn, Predict, Steer: The God That Google Made

I thought about the implications of this AI Overseer guiding thoughts, emotions, opinions, consumer habits, politics, public policy, among many other things, including the very modes of human interaction and our reasons for doing anything at all. It sounded like a "benevolent" dictator, but one with far more insight into and power over people on ... Read More