Ep. 74 Damien Williams “We Built It From Us”

February 21, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is interdisciplinary thinker and technology philosopher Damien Williams. In this episode, Williams and Rushkoff look at the embedded biases of technology and the values programed into our mediated lives. How has a conception of technology as “objective” blurred our vision to the biases normalized within these systems? What ethical interrogation might we apply to such technology? And finally, how might alternative modes of thinking, such as magick, the occult, and the spiritual help us to bracket off these systems for pause and critical reflection? This conversation serves as a call to vigilance against runaway systems and the prejudices they amplify.

Learn more about Damien’s work at http://www.afutureworththinkingabout.com/

Rushkoff begins today’s show with a story from home. A well-meaning school administrator begins using social media to promote his school, posting pictures of students and classroom activities. As parents become upset, the question arises: Why is it so easy to lose sight of the design and purpose behind these platforms?”

This show features our usual intro and outro music thanks to Fugazi and Discord Records. Mid show you heard Throbbing Gristle (Listen to Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Douglas on Episode 67)

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Slider photo: By Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F031434-0006 / Gathmann, Jens / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, Link

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