Environment

Manufacturers vs the “Right to Repair” – Part II

Almost two and a half months ago I wrote a blog about the “right to repair”, how manufacturers have fiercely resisted changes that enable easier repairability of devices as well as possible reasons for these practices, how these actions are detrimental for our environment and further broaden social and economic inequality and wondered whether in the future we might have a repair…

toasty digital and why Kanye is the gift that keeps on giving.

The album. “It is the year 2049. Kanye West has been missing for nearly 30 years. Rising global temperatures threaten to end human civilisation as we know it. Meanwhile, the president has just made contact with an alternate universe— a utopian version of earth that prevented its own global warming long ago. Through time and space, the alternate universe has sent a…

We Can’t Have Sh!t: Why Ethical Consumption is Borderline Impossible

Written by: Akif Aliyev “It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.”  Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (2009) The more you learn, the more it seems you don’t know. A phenomenon that is often associated with Aristotle, yet universally applicable. Today, it feels as if though the more conscious thought you give to…

You’ll close your eyes to the pictures, the memories and eventually the facts

Since the existence of image-based journalism and the overall rise in various media formats, we have become oversaturated with images. This in itself does not have to be viewed as a negative development in society. Much good has come from the advent of new media. People learn of different cultures and explore ever-changing forms of entertainment. With globalization working hand in hand…

“OK, boomer” Vol. 2: Climate Change Kills

On my way to Leiden I witnessed a conversation that literally made the hairs in my neck stand up, much akin to a pissed off cat. I was sitting in the train on a Tuesday afternoon, minding my own business as you do in a crowded train, when two people sat down in the seats across from me. At first I ignored…

“OK boomer” Vol. 1: Pride Comes Before the Fall

The other day I went shopping in a garden centre. You know, one of those very large ones that require a map to navigate. Why I  was there is of no importance; the fact of the matter is that I was there, and that I got lost. In my own –very human- hubris, I had decided to not follow the clearly laid…