We Need Gentle Truths for Now
Silicon Valley’s Entrepreneurial Capitalism Leaves Rubble in its Wake
For this episode, we consider the relations between digital tools, their corporate overlords, and the power we retain in our own bodies. We will hear a beautiful uncoiling of ideas between Natalie Bookchin, a media artist based in New York, and Molly Astley, a British artist and writer. Together they will consider HardTruth Number 59: “silicon valley’s entrepreneurial capitalism leaves rubble in its wake.” It was written by Natalie in 2017 for my online primmer on digital media literacy. Molly is graduate of the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, where she studied creative and critical writing. She attended a Fake News Poetry Workshop at the university in 2018. Molly responded to and extended Natalie’s ideas about Silicon Valley inspired instability and resultant rubble with a poem of her own:
do not be distracted from the truth
that you make with your own body.
Later, During COVID-19, she recorded a reflection about how her ideas had altered as she considered more writing that had been generated since by her poem at later Workshops, particularly the line: “tectonic assurance in fragile ground.” These engagements demonstrate how the chilling relations between capitalism, freedom, networks, and sustainability can be understood through our bodies, as well as the poems and truths through which we render our knowledge.
When we are socially distanced, we are more and less dependent on our bodies and earth. We move content and processes online where we invite you to also live and know the internet differently, by engaging. Read or respond to a poem or hardtruth found at the online primer of digital media literacy, #100hardtruths-#fakenews or fakenews-poetry.org.
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