Kara Swisher interviews Tristan Harris https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/5/6/18530860/tristan-harris-human-downgrading-time-well-spent-kara-swisher-recode-decode-podcast-interview
Tristan Harris is still one of the most clear-eyed thinkers in the whole "techlash." He's good at pulling together seemingly disparate phenomena and showing how they all stem from the incentives of the attention economy.
One thing I found interesting is that Tristan Harris seems to really lean on Apple as a potential white knight to come in and help clean up the ecosystem. He's right that they're well-positioned for that, since their business model isn't based on attention.
It makes me continue to wonder: is the open-source battle over? Is the new battle over privacy, attention, and well-being? Most tech critics these days (Tufekci, Lanier, etc) sound a lot more like Tristan Harris than like Richard Stallman.
and then (as a result?) the corporations moved most software in to "the cloud", in to the mainframes that they control.
It might be open source! Reddit was, for a while.
But that doesn't matter if it's running on someone else's computer.
@ajroach42 @nolan @brennen this may be neither here nor there but i’ve observed a sort of inversion in the dev world that seems to make all of this worse, where the first few generations of code-workers were often taking personal/academic work and expanding it to suit an employer’s needs. now, i see young devs setting up their personal websites using the same stacks they use at work — AWS, etc.
at any rate, yeah, we lost the economic and social war by winning elements of the narrowly technical one. open code built the megacorps, and it'll be tactically useful to them indefinitely, but it will continue to matter less and less in the scope of their power and control.
@ajroach42 i think probably what i would say here is that, more complicatedly, technical problems are generally social and vice versa. the neat division applies sometimes and in simple cases, but it rarely does so where our hard problems really live.
@ajroach42 thats weirdly formulated or I would say thats not true. tech problems need tech solutions. or make an example.
as i said to someone the other day on IRC: "our problem is that the world is run by assholes, and that's a lot harder to solve than creating a passable free unix.")
RMS and GNU came up only as personal computing was rising. They were parallel developments, with the GNU focus on what were at the time expensive 32-bit 'workstations' while personal stuff was 8-bit.
Internet-enabled distributed development on cheap 386's for the Linux kernel was a paradigm shift.
I feel RMS et al missed the boat *again*, but the same way, with the shift from desktop/dial-up to cloud+wireless mobile
A social network for the 19A0s.