So I've been seeing this piece about "Our Brave New Merged World" float around the Fediverse (and engaged in a thread @alcinnz was in)

I couldn't help but just feel... feelings, reading the Brave Merged World piece, days after re-reading Graeber's Of Flying Cars

I wrote about it a bit here, but honestly you just gotta read Graeber's piece and then the other. It might help it sink it for some of y'all just how far gone huge parts of the dominant culture are. I don't just mean things like the genocide and pillaging, but like, how y'all approach the concept of "progress" has been sabotaged by yourselves:

@emsenn @alcinnz I am put in mind of John Wiseman's song, "The Future Isn't What It Used To Be". This stifling of creativity in favor of incremental improvement applies to fields outside technology - look at the fiction being produced, or the games, or the movies. How many remakes do we get vs. original productions? How many variations on the same story, vs. novels that truly challenge us (that are mostly coming from African authors these days it seems). The stories we tell ourselves shape us.

@WanderingBeekeeper @emsenn There's also an aspect of "what are capitalists willing to fund?"

In seeking out non-mainstream DRM-free entertainment, I found a lot more anti-capitalism, representation, better science, etc when capitalists aren't funding it...

Not that those are absent from the mainstream!

@alcinnz Have you read "On Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit," Adrian? It's been making the rounds since Graeber's death last week. I feel like you'd either get a lot out of it, or nod along going "yes, lovely to hear more voices on this." @WanderingBeekeeper

@alcinnz @emsenn you'll find a reasonable amount of class struggle, lgbtqia representation, etc in the 1879 ttrpg from FASA, up to where I left the company, as I was line developer and worked in what I could. I tried to develop a free to share ttrpg with a mechanic based on the consequences of player actions, but that didn't get enough interest, although the nearly finished book is available. Not to distract from @emsenn's theory recommendation.

@WanderingBeekeeper @emsenn I'll add it to my list!

I've made quite a hobby out of reviewing non-mainstream entertainment, and have made a sizable dent in my listen-list! That's where the characters in the tournament I'm running comes from...

@emsenn @alcinnz

Reading Graeber now... he gets it. I could probably launch off into a huge rant (slash-planning-lecture) about all this stuff.

Suffice it to say that @eryn is the first person I ever met who (a) hadn't forgotten the dream and (b) saw a clear path for getting back to it.

@woozle @alcinnz I also really like @eryn 's perspective because it is way more like, traditionally "future" oriented than me (space travel and such. too much math at once. i like dirt.)

@emsenn @alcinnz @eryn

I do think we need to reinvent the future a bit from what it was in the 70s and 80s when I was growing up, and I feel confident in saying that it's going to involve a lot more dirt.

Also, more green to go with the spotless white panels and chrome edges.

@woozle @emsenn @alcinnz dirt is good, ngl.

I/we dream and plan towards extra-orbital stuffs, but i/we also are expect to never get there.

And, that if there is a path off this planet (outside of wealthy tourists and government military funding), it needs to resemble the stuff that already works...public transport, community gardens, and cooperative industry.

While dreaming, it's easy to get lost in the future, but right now, people need food, and shelter, and that comes from the soil.

All the structures in the hypothetical future are scaled appropriately for a self-sustaining biosphere outside this planet, but until we fix food shortages for our neighbors, our trenchmates, and our families, what use is a theoretical skygarden?

The same tech for hydroponics in zero gravity can be used to remediate food shortages, and until we can honestly say "none who labors hungers"...

...there are much closer goals than the void between planets, and i/we cannot ignore the needs around us in the pursuit of some shining future.


@eryn I appreciate that, but:

When I've got sweat bouncing off the tip of my nose and I feel the sun baking on my back as I scratch the dirt, and I think about how some day the sun will go out, it makes me wish for folk to ensure our love for our reality stays present, even once the Earth is gone.

I'm happy to scratch the dirt to keep us alive for today, but I'm thrilled to know I'm doing it for the chance of people getting to touch dirt of planets around other stars. @woozle @alcinnz

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