hewn

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hewn wrote

"I think one very general way to look at it is division of labor. If you have a tool that anybody can make, that’s great. You’re in contact with it in a very sensual way. But tools that require a hierarchy of coordination and specialization create a kind of distancing. That’s the kind of technology to avoid."

a short, non-exhaustive list of technologies necessary for survival that can't be made by just anybody: life-saving surgeries of any kind, CPAP machines, dialysis machines, blood glucose monitors, pacemakers, many medicines, etc.

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hewn wrote

he's proposing that society abandon not just our current social structures & manufacturing techniques, but technologies in general, including ones many of us are dependent on for survival. i don't think it's unreasonable of me to expect that someone asking me to choose death over life at least explain why. i wouldn't be complaining if he was only criticizing our technology as it currently exists, or made exceptions for survival tech, but his only exception was for "a tool that anybody can make," which wouldn't include, say, CPAP machines.

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hewn wrote

if you don't want to endorse a hatefully bigoted website, it'd be a good idea to use https://donotlink.it/ instead of linking it directly and giving it more prominence in search engine results.

also, there's no need for pedantry. gamebox3000's post is perfectly comprehensible regardless of spelling, they make a very good point, and there's no reason why "internet" need ever be capitalized unless you're writing professionally and it's required by your employer's/client's style guide.

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hewn wrote

the burden shouldn't be placed on disabled people to always bring their own straws to establishments (and constantly clean them), though.

also, are plastic straws really such an important priority in eliminating waste? it feels more like a visible & cheap green PR move to me, a way to seek customer approval without making changes in less consumer-visible areas (e.g. manufacturing & distribution) that would cost actual money to enact. but i haven't researched this particular issue.

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hewn wrote

i believe anna anthropy took it down due to disillusionment about empathy games and people feeling they could understand trans women's experiences after playing a single game. i vaguely remember her writing about this, but now her blog just redirects to her itch.io page. you can read some of her sentiments about it in this article, though: https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2017/0920/Empathy-games-tread-thin-line-between-edutainment-and-virtual-voyeurism