Weaponization of Care [...]

“In this  paradigm,  surveillance  is constructed  as being normatively  essential to duties of  care across the lifecycle. Watching and monitoring are construed not merely as the rights of a responsible parent, dutiful romantic partner, or loving child—but as obligations inherent in such roles.” No matter the type of care, it can be weaponized to justify surveillance. (Source)

The humility of local consciousness [...]

...I return to Wendell Berry, who will have no truck with the Global Mind, or the kinds of data on which it is fed. In his opinion, we humans are not much to be trusted with statistical knowledge, and thinking global may be a delusory process, a kind of cognitive intoxication that is ultimately not much good for us. The reality that is responsibly manageable by human intelligence, he says, is much nearer in scale to a small rural community or urban neighbourhood than to the globe. And he quotes E.M. Forster: “It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness.” (Source)

Intent Becomes Nature [...]

But this territory is hardly unexplored; it’s just that a century and a half of architecture, icons and ideology has done its work. Now change seems unimaginable, even dangerous, despite the fact we designed it that way in the first place. What seems self-evident can no longer be imagined as arbitrary. It’s only when our belief systems shift, and culturally we experience a seismic disruption, that we suddenly recognize the underlying fictions on which our designed world is built. Design always depicts the things that matter to us ... until they don’t. (Source)