In the webinar ‘The Pleasure of Friction’ Miriam Rasch poses the question how we can resist an increasingly ‘frictionless’ society, filled with smart devices, communicative automation, and ubiquitous surveillance. Moreover, is it possible to do so in a joyful way? If we want to change something in our dealings with technology, it will help if the alternatives have something pleasurable to offer. What can we learn from writers and philosophers from the past and present about maintaining a positive outlook on friction?
Op 30 januari 2020 had ik de eer om te spreken bij STRP, ‘in het voorprogramma van’ Timothy Morton zoals ik dat maar noem. Een fantastische avond, als een achtbaan voor de geest en voor het gevoel, want Morton blijkt iemand te zijn die een positieve vibe uitstraalt zoals ik dat nog niet eerder heb ervaren. Hieronder plaats ik alsnog de tekst die ik die avond uitsprak.
PS: here you can read the essay that Morton presented the following day at de Dépendance in Rotterdam, and which was published by Eurozine.
Tonight we are here under the heading of the post-anthropocene, which I want to make a bit more tangible by talking about fun, about the future, and about friction. The three f’s. Apparently, I found out, next to Friday’s For Future – the climate school strike movement – there is also something called Fuck For Forest. For me however Fun, Future, Friction.
But first let me try to explain why I think I’m here. My topic of interest is the philosophy and ethics of technology and data, while I was born and bred in literary studies, just like Timothy Morton, if I’m correct. I try to delve up and question the presuppositions and convictions in the worldview that underlies the belief in the good of data. These presuppositions are not usually discussed themselves, but bring along a whole set of ethical norms and values that define how is thought and talked about data, by policy makers, the public, and techies themselves.