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Always a Rage Against the Machine
/ by Victoria Ruiz

I am really happy to be a part of this issue. I feel like it is really some type of multi-dimensional mind-shape to think about digital labor right now. Especially when we think of labor that will never receive a wage in the traditional market economics sense of the word, i.e. emotional labor, traumatic labor relationship labor. I recently read a quote that I used to develop my mixed tape. I think that "writer" could be replaced with various culture laborers.

I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies, to other ways of being. And even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom: poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality. Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable; so did the divine right of kings … Power can be resisted and changed by human beings; resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art—the art of words. I’ve had a long career and a good one, in good company, and here, at the end of it, I really don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. . .The name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom. -- Ursula K. Leguin

ace of base - i saw the sign
thursday - for the workforce, drowning
fugazi - i'm so tired
princess nokia - biohazard butterfly
bruce springsteen - born to run
talking heads - this must be the place
rage against the machine - take the power back
abdu ali - keep moving
ceremony - your life in france
MIA - come walk with me


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