“Complex invisible databases, algorithms and search engines define our worldview. They define what’s news and what’s knowledge. In response, we should not demand that these filters become ‘unbiased’. Instead, we should raise our own technical knowledge and that of the coming generations. We should demand the ‘black boxes’ to be opened.”
“…a mediation adds something; it modifies, it stops, it does things, and it makes us do things. That’s what nonhumans are doing, and this is why they are actors, but in my case, I am also interested in what human beings are doing when we take into account the role of the non-humans. In other words, I am trying to recuperate in this complex network composed of different elements the specificity of the human actor, of one human actor in particular, without essentializing him or her.”
On the Partible Person, the Relational Individual and the Multiplicities of Kinship – Interview with Marilyn Strathern*
“The partible person is a quite different concept than of a relational individual. I think, the relational individual is a very Euro-American concept, and the individual is at the heart of it. We see this in terms of the way kinship very much focuses on the early socialization of a child, inculcates norms -that nature-culture stuff occurring in the early stages of childhood- and then the state comes in and takes over all kinds of educational and other roles. So ‘kinship’ becomes funneled into conjugal relations that are also kept very narrow with affines hardly being significant entities.”
“Neoliberalism is profoundly a feminist issue…because we can understand historically how the techniques and practices of neoliberalism emerged out of the experimental intervention particularly into the lives of women.”
Bilimkurguyu hep hakikati anlatmanın bir aracı olarak kullanan Ursula LeGuin’in kendisinin nasıl bir bilimkurgu yazarı olduğuna dair yapılan bir eleştiriye cevaben kaleme aldığı “Teknoloji Üzerine Bir Haykırış” adlı yazıyı, Mehmet Ekinci İstanbuLab blog okuyucuları için Türkçeye çevirdi. Teknolojinin ne olduğunu ya da ne olmadığını, Ursula’nın -eserleriyle bizi de bir parçası yaptığı- dünyasına bakarak anlamaya çalışalım. Keyifli okumalar!