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.
Buying Me Off With Warm Fuzzies
No One Would Be Left, Drop the Big Bombs, To Power Their Evil Machines of Death
Note: if you downloaded this episode before 8:45pm Eastern time on October 21, 2014, you should re-download it. Chris made an error in mixing it together, leading to his and Stephen’s audio being slightly out of sync for the entire episode (!), which has since been fixed. If you downloaded it after that time, you’re good to go!
In which we ask: “Who funds the arts? And how does that impact the artist ethically?” Corporations, individuals, and governments all have distinct downsides as revenue streams for artists, and corporations and governments in particular can be problematic for both artists and consumers in the ways they complicate the expression of artistic intent.
- Intro (1:13)
- No One Would Be Left (1:13–8:56)
- Drop the Big Bombs (8:56–17:14)
- To Power Their Evil Machines of Death (17:14–27:21)
- Conclusion (27:21–29:34)
- Bloopers (29:34–30:04)
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songwriter. He lives with his family in Arizona.
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