Why is the site black right now?
The United States of America is confronting—again—the reality of both systemic
racism and police brutality, which is disproportionately directed at people of
Along with many other sites, we have turned this site black to point to the
importance of black lives, and to express our solidarity with the people of
color in this country, who have continually experienced racism in forms both
subtle and overt for many centuries.
We know that this kind of visual gesture is often just performative, and that
too often it stands in for actually doing something. We make this
small change as a visual symbol of our stance—but we’re also working in our
own ways in our own communities to make things better, pursuing justice and
peace. In our podcast, we will be discussing a book by a black feminist in
July—a decision we made well before this latest moment of horrific injustice.
Racism is a problem with deep and structural roots in American society, and we
could not reasonably talk about the ethics and epistemology of technology
without technology’s effects on racism and racism’s effects on
technology in America and beyond.
Only Acceptable Cream Cheese
The Reason for Copyright, Valuing Products in Different Ways, "Pay Me For This Thing"
In which we tackle copyright (or left, as you like), barely touch on patents, and generally try to think about how to handle questions of intellectual property as consumers and creators thereof in the brave new world of digital economics and cheap copies of everything (even Nike shoes).
- Intro (1:02)
- The Reason for Copyright (1:02–8:22)
- Valuing Products in Different Ways (8:22–19:55)
- “Pay Me For This Thing” (19:55–26:55)
- Conclusion (28:10)
We know. Pretty sweet sounds. Even if we do say so ourselves.
- “New Life”, from New Life, by Stephen Carradini. Used because we can do whatever we want with our own music! (Turns out, in this case, so can you…)
- “Winning Slowly Theme”, by Chris Krycho. See above!
Things we talked about in the show you might want to read some more about. We give them to you for free!
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