In the course of writing Automating Inequality, I’ve come to realize that how I talk about class in America can be counterintuitive for some readers. I thought it would be useful to start a conversation about class here before the book drops January 16. This might take a couple of posts…so let’s start with what seems … Continue reading Notes on Class in America, Part 1
On March 31, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his last Sunday sermon, “Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution,” in the National Cathedral. In it, he announced the Poor People’s Campaign, which he warned was America’s “last chance” to arouse its “conscience toward constructive democratic change.” King’s assassination, just days later, threw the campaign … Continue reading Poor People’s Campaign reading and action list
Is it too old-school Women’s Studies professor-y of me to point out that the eG8 — the “historic conference on the internet and the future of the digital ecosystem” that preceded the 37th annual G20/G8 summit in France — was a total sausage party? Of 109 speakers, 10 were women. Yep. That’s a whopping 9%. … Continue reading eG8 Sausage Party
One of the things that audience members at readings and events for Digital Dead End seem most eager to know is what they can do. If technology isn’t the solution to our social justice struggles, what is? The women in the YWCA of Troy-Cohoes community had amazing insights into the structural nature of high-tech inequality, … Continue reading The High-Tech Equity Agenda, Part 1…
My very bright grad student, Megan Rolfe, recently forwarded me a link to Kentaro Toyama’s provocative article, “Technology Is Not the Answer,” in the March issue of The Atlantic. I’m intrigued by his experience, and sympathetic to his point that technology serves as an amplifier of underlying values and social structures. In fact, I was … Continue reading If Technology Is Not the Answer, What Is?
What price do New Yorkers pay for high-tech jobs? I listened to Andrew Cuomo deliver his first State of the State speech on the radio this afternoon. Though it was admirably public and occasionally downright rousing, the speech—perhaps like Cuomo’s political agenda itself—came across as schizophrenic, at least to this listener. Cuomo seems to be … Continue reading High-Tech Mega-Incentives and the State of New York State