our hack­ers aren’t smash­ing the sys­tem; they’re fid­dling with it so that they can get more work done. In this vision, it’s up to indi­vid­u­als to accom­mo­date them­selves to the sys­tem rather than to try to reform it. The shrink­ing of polit­i­cal imag­i­na­tion that accom­pa­nies such attempts at doing more with less usu­al­ly goes unre­marked

Evge­ny Moro­zov: Hack­ers, Mak­ers, and the Next Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion : The New York­er

I know Morozov’s style can be infu­ri­at­ing, but I am grate­ful he’s will­ing to tire­less­ly con­tin­ue to point out con­tem­po­rary tech culture’s polit­i­cal short­com­ings.

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Kars Alfrink

Kars is a designer, researcher and educator focused on emerging technologies, social progress and the built environment.