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The Wheel of Time. A solid meter and a half of fantasy saga.


I can agree with this reading of SolarPunk and it’s kinda how I’m using it too. Nonetheless this doesn’t make it more of an aesthetic. You’re shifting the frame from considering SolarPunk as a model to considering it a tool.

Indeed SolarPunk is “used”, like every utopia, to promote a specific political model that is not necessarily represented inside the utopic model, in its content, in its narratives. There’s more than one layer. You call it “not being in your face”.

The author of the video, I believe, doesn’t make this distinction. For him, SolarPunk is a blueprint and taken as a blueprint, it lacks a lot of stuff. You might conflate the aestethic with the intentions and ideas of those using Solarpunk for a political goal, but they are not the same. In the world out there, most people take SolarPunk as a blueprint without looking at the broader “deeply anarchist project” behind it and think “it’s that easy”.

The video correctly highlight that it’s not that easy. The criticism I would make is that the video suggests to embed a set of values, considerations and narrative elements to the aesthetic that will inevitably make it lose its appeal as an utopia and fail in its purpose as a tool for agitation and the creation of desires.


why? I feel the same criticism has been developed more in depth by other people. The fact that there’s no social tension or politics implicit in the solarpunk aesthetic is a well-known problem. As is the general association of solarpunk with techno-optimism.

Also the video is not really criticizing the attitude or values of the “core” solarpunk writers and artists but more the reception in some internet circles. Let’s call it “base solarpunk”. That “base solarpunk” that exists in the mind of many is not a concept to be understood, but a forming ideology to be shaped that is just loosely coupled to solarpunk as an artistic aesthetic







What is the Tech Worker Movement? You might have heard the term "tech worker", born to distance ourselves from the idea that to produce technology you have to be a worker, not a hippie, startuppy, buzzword-spewing dude from California. The work we do is material, concrete, tangible, stressing even if often is not measurable. Without our work, digital technology wouldn't be possible. Delusions of full-automation fall short as soon as you spend a couple days with a sys-admin. Then we thought: there are other kinds of workers that are necessary to keep the big machine going. Without riders delivering food, Glovo, UberEats and Deliveroo won't run. WIthout drivers delivering packages, Amazon, YOOX, Zalando won't run. Without service people taking care of offices and feeding workers, no tech company would run. They are tech workers too. So the movement was born and is leading to the creation of more freedom, more rights, more autonomy and better technology. It's a galaxy of individuals, organizations, collectives, unions, squads of friends, computer programs, possibly some aliens and I'm sure at one meeting I've seen a talking dog that could write Python and was angry about their working conditions. (might have been a furry, idk) There's no reason the tech industry should be a meat grinder for most and a paradise for a selected few. There's no reason why the tech industry, in a time of climatic collapse, should be focused on toxic products like predatory ad-targeting, mass surveillance, betting, weapons and military software and many others. If let to itself, the tech industry will develop technology against us, against the planet, against our future, only to make profit. The responsibility is ours: we can create better conditions for ourselves to create better technology. The future is ours to write. If you want to join an organization: Tech Workers Coalition: https://techworkerscoalition.org/ Game Workers Unite: https://www.gameworkersunite.org/get-involved If you want to know more about the tech workers movement: https://logicmag.io/the-making-of-the-tech-worker-movement/full-text/
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the written word is dead, said a guy on the internet.

Our attention span is being robbed and that’s true, but it doesn’t look at all like what he’s describing.


I think it goes farther than that. All the anarchists that I know that have a strategy for change and they pursue it never define themselves as anarchists unless forced to. The ones too attached to the identity and symbols tend to be more ineffective and irrelevant. We call them “the targets” because they play the very useful role of making people believe anarchism is about reading and writing about irrelevant stuff and smashing some windows occasionally just to spend 20 years in prison for it.


Esiste ssb (mai provato) e Aether (provato, lento come la morte). Il problema forte, come con la federazione, è che la differenza architetturale porta ad un’esperienza utente molto diversa e degradata rispetto ad architetture centralizzate. Se per il download di file un protocollo P2P non fa tanta differenza, per cose più interattive tipo il web e i social network la differenza è tanta, relegando questi protocolli ad esperimenti tecnici senza la minima trazione sul grande pubblico. La federazione è una via di mezzo, dove c’è qualche vaga speranza che il tradeoff tra usabilità e controllo sia vantaggioso per qualcuno, ma con i protocolli P2P sembra molto improbabile.


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There’s no major force pushing users to adopt federated software beyond privacy concerns and distrust for big tech. This means mass adoption won’t happen unless big tech collapses or gets regulated to death by forces external to the fediverse.

The only strategy I’ve seen articulated so far for federated social media is “be ready for when scraps will fall from the table of Big Tech”.





Any organization that is incapable of including you in an online or offline social space in 5 minutes and give you something meaningful to do in 30 minutes is a dead organization.

Unfortunately it’s not enough to drop the gatekeeping because that gatekeeping is a result of years and years of cumulated trauma, bad praxis, dysfuncational organization, lack of self-awareness, performativism and/or sectarianism.

The American Right (I assume you’re American from how you write) doesn’t have all this weight: they are not afraid to go to jail because they completely remove it could happen to them. They are not afraid of infiltration. They are not afraid of having their organization devolve into something too similar to an adjacent ideological space (i.e. a heresy). They are free to experiment, to be flexible, to create new organizational forms and let information and people flow way more freely than on the left.

That said, there are plenty of spaces that have been rejecting this mentality for a while. Usually this goes along with rejecting any kind of leftist symbolism and identity in public, mostly to avoid cannibalism from the people you described but also to attract people that haven’t lived through decades of this shit and with the impulse to repeat those patterns. Keep your eyes open, because they are around you.

As a suggested read on this topic: Neither Vertical Nor Horizontal from Rodrigo Nunes.






Oxygen Not Included (per l’ennesima volta) Rogue Legacy 2 un pochino Old World ma non riesco a farmelo piacere






Social Transgression in SolarPunk
In a solarpunk society, how would transgression look like? Obviously not the lame edgy kind like throwing a plastic wrap on the ground but the artistic, aesthetic, sexualized forms of transgression that challenge the status quo. Does it even make sense to pose such a question in an utopic setting? (especially one naively devoid of social tension like solarpunk)
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