There Never Was a West / Cory Doctorow

Event date: October 3 / 2024

In this session of “The Ultimate Hidden Truth of the World…” reading group, we will be joined by Cory Doctorow and discuss David Graeber’s essay “There Never Was a West”.

Enshittification: Why Everything Suddenly Got Worse and What To Do About It
The rapid, precipitous decline of every digital service we depend on isn’t a coincidence. It’s the result of specific known, policy choices made by specific, named individuals. We can reverse those decisions (and we can determine what sized pitchfork  those individuals wear).
Enshittification wasn’t inevitable: it was the foreseeable outcome of a plan to encourage digital monopoly platforms and turn them loose to extract unimaginable value from both their users and business customers, leaving behind a homeopathic residue  of utility to keep us locked in.
This talk will explain what enshittification is, how it works, why it’s happening now – and, most importantly, how we can reverse it, by seizing the means of computation and building a new, good internet suitable to serve as the digital nervous  system of a connected world confronting environmental collapse, genocide and rising fascism.

Cory Doctorow

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Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist. His latest book, CHOKEPOINT CAPITALISM (with Rebecca Giblin), is a nonfiction book about creative labor markets and monopoly. His latest novel is ATTACK SURFACE, a standalone adult sequel to LITTLE BROTHER. He is also the author of HOW TO DESTROY SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM, a nonfiction work about conspiracies and monopolies; RADICALIZED and WALKAWAY, science fiction for adults; a YA graphic novel called IN REAL LIFE; and young adult novels like HOMELAND, PIRATE CINEMA, and LITTLE BROTHER. His first picture book was POESY THE MONSTER SLAYER (Aug 2020). In 2023/4, Tor Books will publish two more science fiction novels for adults: RED TEAM BLUES and THE LOST CAUSE; and Verso will publish THE INTERNET CON, a nonfiction book about monopoly and radical interoperability. He maintains a daily blog at Pluralistic.net, works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is an MIT Media Lab research affiliate, visiting professor of computer science at Open University, visiting professor of practice at the University of North Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science, and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles. In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

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