Known best for its negative impact on communities, venture capital affluence, ‘fun’, and overwhelming gender discrepancy, the tech industry is rarely thought of as a working class environment. The rank-and-file are often conflated with the capitalist class as toxically entrepreneurial, with a fetishization of overtime as passion, and belief in Libertarian Capitalist politics. A shortage […]
Since iOS 8, iPhones have been fully encrypted, requiring a passcode that only the user has access to to make the device’s files legible. A work-owned iPhone 5C used by a perpetrator was recovered from December’s San Bernardino mass shooting, and while authorities have been given access to the iCloud online backups, the FBI claims […]
We can’t rely on corporations or governments for social justice
INTRODUCTION Capitalism, a system that relies on the exploitation and inequality of people and causes oligarchy, is not functioning, and if we don’t drastically change it, further climate destruction, automation, and financial meltdown/austerity cycles will lead to dystopic catastrophe. Many bourgeois thinkers will state that capitalism is the best of all the bad systems. This […]
Earth needs a system that promotes art and science, solves climate change, and offers voice and equality to all
T-Mobile announced a new program allowing its users on 3GB or greater cellular data plans to stream several video services without counting on the user’s data cap. Accepting this benefit throttles all web video to 480p, including on non-partner sites like YouTube, even though non-partner videos will still count against your allotment. Net neutrality is the law that requires […]
Binge-On is a better deal for the company than the users
“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal” This quote from early 20th century anarchist Emma Goldman has proliferated among modern left wing libertarians. The ideology of “voting doesn’t matter, the parties are the same,” has been perceived as a facet of detached, slacking millennials, growing a resentment among mainstream US Democrats towards the radical […]
As a publicly traded company, Amazon operates the way it does to maximize profit, perceived value, and growth potential. There is no motive behind Amazon’s executive’s decisions beyond that.
Despite what Quartz asserts, “thrify-ism” isn’t the destructive movement
Ambivalent Sexism Theory, developed by social psychologists Peter Glick and Susan Fiske, posits two underlying forms of sexism. Hostile sexism is the overt belief that women are inferior to men (and perhaps should have fewer political rights because of this) and get special favors in life. This is the most recognizable and condemned form of misogyny, […]
Sorry, Libertarians™ and Corporate Feminists
On July 2nd, Reddit fired Director of Talent Victoria Taylor, the woman responsible for coordinating celebrity Ask Me Anythings. Almost immediately, subreddit moderators and users took this as a way to reinvigorate anger about last month’s banning of various hate subreddits (/r/FatPeopleHate, /r/ShitNiggersSay, /r/TransFags), framing it as the end of freedom of expression. The firing allows […]
Examining Reddit’s role in hate speech and freedom of expression
In 2013, SeaTac, Washington voted for a $15 minimum wage, effective January 1st the following year. Since then, the Seattle suburb’s unemployment rate has remained 16% lower and has had a job growth rate 237% higher as compared to the national averages. Campaigns to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 (applicable in 21 states) to $10.10 have risen […]
San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago will join the Emerald City by 2020. Learn how your city stacks up.
Keurig cup coffee machines are incredibly popular, wasteful, and known for making poor coffee. There are solutions to your caffeine addiction that are cheaper, tastier, and more conscious, while still being quick and easy.