…r it’s Weinstein, Kavanaugh, Cosby, or any number of the seemingly endless men on the #MeToo lists. In America, power doesn’t just seem to license abuse — “you get more abusive as you get more powerful”: it’s not the case that these were once decent and kind men. Instead, it seems that American social structures select for and reward abusers — because that is how tribal, primal hierarchies are maintained, enforced, and reproduced. It takes predation and abuse to establish the hierarchy, who is on top, who is on bottom, and who is not a person at all, and America is made of just such hierarchies, such pecking orders of dominance and violence, only maybe implicit, everywhere you look — from work to politics to culture — and hence, America is a place where abuse and predation have become endemic, systemic, and normal.
e world’s indifference. In a solo-prod…t come any easier for me. I’m still trying to figure out the same shit I was when I was a teenager. My entire adult life has been spent trying to recapture the sense of joy and wonder and possibility I felt in my youth, and failing miserably. Unfortunately, it requires denial to do so, and I’m stuck somewhere between being abjectly horrified at the world the more I learn about it and trying to reconcile how to live in accordance with what I believe in spite the world’s indifference. In a solo-produced track released earlier this year, RM wrote, “I live to understand the world / Bu…
…unter most of the examples I’ve used in this essay. The asides I’ve kept in parentheses throughout, if expanded upon, would allow one with minimal effort to rewrite everything I’ve said, with very little effort, to be not about child abuse, but about white nationalism, about violent religious ideologies, about fake news, about climate denialism, about 9/11 conspiracies.
…wn teenage internet use. Those are important debates, but they’re not what is being discussed here. What we’re talking about is very young children, effectively from birth, being deliberately targeted with content which will traumatise and disturb them, via networks which are extremely vulnerable to exactly this form of abuse. It’s not about trolls, but about a kind of violence inherent in the combination of digital systems and capitalist incentives. It’s down to that level of the metal.
…tles at the second half of that equation then maybe this should be what convinces you of its truth. Exploitation is encoded into the systems we are building, making it harder to see, harder to think and explain, harder to counter and defend against. Not in a future of AI overlords and robots in the factories, but right here, now, on your screen, in your living room and in your pocket.
…lieve that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice, and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.”