there is an alternate socialist present in which non-essential workers just get time off during the pandemic, or are incentivized to retrain for essential work to expand critical capacity, but that time off doesn’t force businesses to shutter because rent doesn’t exist. after the pandemic, imagine just going back to work. the restaurant is a little dusty, but with a flick of the switch and a few hours cleaning, you’re serving food like nothing changed.
For real like Bandcamp is exactly the kind of service we *hoped* the internet would give us: “hey, people make things, they set their own price inc. free, we provide the storefront, you buy it and the money goes to the creator, you get it in a DRM-free format and can play it however you want, we just make money to keep going & improving and aren’t a VC-funded nightmare company of rampant reckless growth that will do something nightmarish and implode.”
We need more media platforms like that.
a courier arrives from the next village on horseback with books, zines, letters, art prints, and a hard drive full of music and movies. we offload the drive while the courier joins us for lunch, sharing news — harvests, births, deaths, the goings-on of various governance councils — while we load a drive with our own new media. the courier leaves as full as they came, and well-fed besides.
The fight for diversity, equality and inclusion is the fight for software freedom. Our movement will only be successful if it includes everyone. RMS does not speak for these values.
Shutterfly tried the same thing a couple weeks ago (new terms effective September 3rd; notification sent on September 7th) with the added shit-covered cherry on top of a new mandatory arbitration clause. I closed my Shutterfly account.
Abstracted from a discussion on lobste.rs: the most energy-intensive thing most people do on their computers is watch streaming video. Displaying plain text, on the other hand, is very energy efficient. Therefore, to reduce your carbon footprint, you should stop watching porn and start reading the alt.sex.stories.moderated archives.
My *parents* live in Cleveland. *I* live in the moment.
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