I’m conflicted. I really, really like the practice of design fiction / speculative design, but I dislike the attempts of social and political disruptions that seem to go along with it. I don’t want to engage in discussions of possible/probable/preferable outcomes and ethics and responsibility. I don’t have an innate desire to stick it to The Man. I just want to make the future.

I took a modern art history course in my fourth year of undergrad, and I left each lecture annoyed and angry. The selfishness that went along with the selfless pursuit of new forms of art disgusted me. The single-minded vigilantist search to expose “the truth”, and the disregard of consequence for the holders of that truth when exposed, made me disappointed in that subculture of humanity. I feel a little bad saying it, but I’m beginning to feel the same way about the heroes of this hacker movement.

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  1. “I don’t want to engage in discussions of possible/probable/preferable outcomes and ethics and responsibility. I don’t have an innate desire to stick it to The Man. I just want to make the future.” Why do you think that ‘stick it to the man’ has something do to with your first stated sentence? And why does your or even YOUR possible ability to actually craft the or THE future relate or not relate to ethics/responsibility, and dare I say, privilege?

  2. It doesn’t have a direct relation — they’re two things that I often see, independently of each other, though often both from the same people.

    One of the reasons that I was drawn to Architecture was because there’s a sort of romance to the profession. I, like many people, envisioned myself a Designer — someone that turns vision into reality, someone that sits above the petty squabble of the people below. Of course, those silly ideas were squashed during the first week of school, but for some reason, I still have a little voice in my head drawing me back to them.

    I grew up in white, suburban, wealthy, upstate New York — literally in the US’s most economically equal neighborhood (http://www.wnyc.org/story/237999-what-does-income-equality-look/) — and have attended high-ranking, well-off colleges. The concepts of ethics, responsibility, and privilege are still somewhat foreign to me, and because of my upbringing and general personality, I’m unsure if they will ever stop being so.

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