Imagining is shaping reality. In issue #12
I presented some perspectives about afrofuturism, while in #14
you can find some analysis of feminist dystopia. All in all, there’s so much sci-fi narrative out there that does not look and feel like Blade Runner. Here you have a great guide to 9 sci-fi genres
: in China, for instance, things are moving so fast that reality is often stranger than fiction (chaohuan,
“ultra-unreal"), and the new sci-fi is the only way to criticise a government that focuses on censoring realist fiction. For a positive outlook check out Solarpunk, the opposite of cyberpunk’s nihilism, offering stories about “ingenuity, positive creation, independence, and community.” These narratives are often framed around infrastructure as both a form of resistance and as the foundations for a new way of life — the eponymous solar panels feature heavily.
Intersectional feminism isn’t just about women nor even just about gender. Feminism is about power – who has it and who doesn’t. And in a world in which data is power, and that power is wielded unequally, data feminism can help us understand how it can be challenged and changed.
The book Data Feminism
will be published by MIT Press in 2019. As the transformation of human experience into data often entails a reduction in complexity and context, the authors made available online the full manuscript
for people to comment and integrate. Deadline: January 7. 🤘
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