At this point, understanding computers isn't even about understanding the difference between GOTO and GOSUB or knowing what TCP/IP stands for - or even *is*. It's about understanding power. If you buy a laptop off Amazon, boot into Windows, log into Facebook, and check your Gmail, you're entering into exploitative power relationships where you - like the workers who made the laptop, sold you the laptop, delivered the laptop, the workers who manually moderate your Facebook feed, like the miners who dug up the copper and cobalt - are at the bottom.
Much like a job where you exchange your time and labor for capital, you are exchanging your personal relationships for convenience.
In order to get out from under this, you *do* need to educate yourself somewhat. You gotta know how certain things work. You don't have to become a programmer or hacker though. It's not the fucking Matrix. You just have to understand things enough to manipulate them and know where you stand.
@teslas_moustache And here's hoping we figure out easier ways to manufacture computers! Something that makes local manufacturing feasable.
Maybe photonic computing or carbon nanotubes could help, though ofcouse are all about continuing Moore's Law.
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