I wasn’t sure if this was fictional at the beginning and truly I’m not sure still even now but i Loved it nonetheless or even more so.
Craftivism is a kind of anathema to slacktivism, which is the more common path of protest these days – yelling loudly into Facebook to try and effect change. Craftivism, is quieter and gentler, it generates art and artefacts, and is about creating a better world, note by note, stitch by stitch. It’s about putting something into the world that is more than just your rage or your despair – something that people can approach with curiosity, and engage with.
I’ve always held judgment over the term companionate love (sounds sexless and like a life of convenience, two people afraid to challenge each other or grow outside of their comfort zone) but this casts it in a different light.
“Rules that are really more about showing that you’re doing something versus doing something that’s actually effective” are counterproductive, Marcus told my colleague Ian Prasad Philbrick. “Trust is the currency of public health.”
This helps to explain the findings of Taber and Lodge that better-informed people are actually more at risk of motivated reasoning on politically partisan topics: the more persuasively we can make the case for what our friends already believe, the more our friends will respect us.
A totally non fleshed out that I had while reading this (although the notion that Trump wouldn’t last on Readup since it’s hard to imagine him actually reading really nails it): it’s also hard to imagine Trump on Readup because it’s inherently not Capitalist (unlike all other social media platforms out there).
I don’t know how you’d feel about that statement though, Bill🤓
"I think we need a rebellion of what I call the “caring class,” people who care about others and justice. We need to think about how to create a new social movement and change what we value in our work and lives."
"Through the better part of human history, jobs from warrior to fisherperson to novelist had a cram-and-slack rhythm, in part because these jobs were shaped by actual productive needs, not arbitrary working clocks and managerial oversight." OOF i related hard to this piece. might have to read the book.
Just read, and found interesting and important. I did recoil a bit at the notion from higher Ed that in order to combat this trend they’d have to raise tuition. That seems like the actual opposite of what should be done, when high costs and lack of job placement/income potential thereafter are some of the key drivers of student enrollment drop off.
I think it could be time for colleges and universities to do some real soul searching on what they are hoping to provide to society. Graduating with thousands in debt and limited employment prospects perpetuates a cycle of violence and stress. In an ideal scenario, young people would not be taking out loans to pursue their education and dreams, period. It’s a form of modern day financial slavery, and is really difficult to come out from under. I think there are better ways and it’s time to get creative!
So much of this comes down to questioning what we are systematically told will make us [happier / richer, etc.] and instead following our own wisdom and lived experience. This also feels like a distinctly though not exclusively American dilemma, where multi-generational housing is uncommon (and the idea of cohabitating with parents / grandparents into adulthood is seen as some kind of failure of maturity). Then COVID comes along and what do people do? Move back home. For as much as it’s torn apart it’s interesting what the pandemic has illuminated in terms of us re-evaluating our true value systems.