WELCOME to the web site of Bob Hughes, author of The Bleeding Edge: why technology turns toxic in an unequal world (New Internationalist, 2016), which argues that our present ecological crisis is caused by social inequality, and won't be resolved till we call time on inequality and all the institutions and belief systems built on it.
It uses the present economic order's prize exhibit, the computer, to prove the case.
The book's had some brilliant reviews. A sample section in pdf
form is downloadable
here. And here's
a shortish article ("Blinded by Technology") that puts the
argument in a nutshell. So please dig in. And if you're excited by
it, please spread the word - e.g. via Goodreads.
I intend putting further inflammatory material here in due course, but toddler-minding and scything seem to be getting in the way lately (I now live in France, surrounded by rampant vegetation and surrogate grand-baby) but I'll do my best.
Meanwhile, here's a bit of prehistory, and some links to earlier
stuff, which you might find entertaining.
I am now working on a book about inequality and technology, and what an equal world might be like, for publication by Pluto Books. Some of these writings give a foretaste:
- "Make them eat chips" - a review of Anthony Wilhelm's influential but surprisingly little-criticised book Digital Nation.
- Unhealthy Obsessions - a short article for Red Pepper examining the murky background to UK Immigration Minister Phil Woolas's recent pronouncements about population and immigration. (December 2008)
- "Suits and Creatives" - an article about the so-called Creative Industries: for the inaugural issue of Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation. It draws on the work Michael Burawoy, and my own, dreadful experiences in advertising in the 1970s and 80s.(January 2007)
- "From Useful Idiocy to Activism" (and the 177kb PDF version ) presented at the 2005 Critical Computing conference in Aarhus, Denmark.
- "Class war on your desktop" - a short piece from November 2003 about capitalism and computers, for the trAce Online Writing Centre.
- "Old realities run riot in the new economy" - a review of Chris Benner's: Work in the New Economy - Flexible Labor Markets in Silicon Valley - for Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, February 2006
- "Narrative as Landscape" - presented at the 1997 MENO workshop on Hypermedia and Narrative.
These are two campaigns I'm involved in: No-One Is Illegal - which campaigns for the abolition of immigration controls - and The Campaign to Close Down Campsfield. Campsfield, just north of Oxford, is one of Europe's spreading "Gulag Archipelago" of prisons for immigrants).
Bob © Hughes
Phone +44 1865 726804 email: bob at dustormagic dot net
Friday, 31 January 2014