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From Brazil. #scifi #philosophy #nature #politics #tech #fantasy

Costumo ler sci-fi, filosofia, natureza, política, tech e alguma fantasia (George R.R. Martin e Ursula Le Guin). Mais livros no blog →

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Internet Con (Hardcover, 2023, Verso) 3 stars

When the tech platforms promised a future of "connection," they were lying. They said their …

Essential, but rushed at the end

3 stars

(em português com links → )

"The Internet Con" (2023) is the latest non-fiction book by Cory Doctorow, who also writes great speculative fiction.

I don't think it's an exaggeration to call it "con". People are held hostage, abused and only the perpetrators win.

Cory was the one who coined a term that is now common to understand a central aspect of this scam: "enshittification". This suggestive language ended up having a lot of appeal to what many people already feel. For example, using Instagram or Twitter sucks, but people continue because there isn't much choice. Once everyone is a hostage, it becomes a kind of extortion.

The book details the context, the history and the ins and outs of the scam, including many recent illustrations of the antics of companies like Apple or Google, or the complicity of governments in the domination of monopoly trusts which, not limited …

The Murray Bookchin Reader (1997) 3 stars

This collection provides an overview of the thought of the foremost social theorist and political …

Not the best introduction to Bookchin, but he is great

3 stars

(original em português → )

"The Murray Bookchin Reader" (1999; available free from the Anarchist Library) brings together articles written between the 1960s and 1990s by this immensely influential thinker and activist for the anarchist, ecological and "new left" movements in general. The collection attempts to summarize Bookchin's thinking.

One of the marks that Murray Bookchin (1921~2006) left was the revitalization, in the 1960s, of anarchism and decentralism as solid alternatives to capitalism, free from the traps of socialism. At the same time, he was also one of the pioneers in thinking of ecology as a fundamental element for change, foreseeing our ecological emergency.

It wasn't the most fluid reading. Some of the articles seemed dated and sometimes gave the impression of a patchwork quilt. In those moments, I wanted to read a book by him dedicated to a single theme, rather than a collection of brushstrokes on everything. …

O que é meu (português language, Fósforo) 4 stars

Neste ensaio biográfico de rara sensibilidade, que já teve os direitos vendidos para dez editoras …

Envolvente história de pai e filho

4 stars

(texto original com links → )

O que é meu é um curto (144 pgs) e muito envolvente livro em que o sociólogo José Henrique Bortoluci conta histórias de seu pai caminhoneiro, intercaladas com reflexões interligadas sobre Amazônia, política, câncer e o Brasil nos anos 70 e 80.

Apesar da formação do autor, é um livro para o público em geral, fácil de ler e gostar. O próprio pai narra, com sua linguagem simples, algumas histórias de estrada, que vão do hilário e bukowskiano até a árida desolação.

Também identifiquei-me pois há muitas similaridades dessa família com a minha: a época, viagens de caminhão, conflito cultural de gerações etc.

Dá para ler como se fossem diversos capítulos de alguma crônica literária, como as das revistas New Yorker ou Piauí. Aliás, conheci o livro porque a Piauí publicou esse capítulo e me fisgou.