Lockdown Voices #1. Thank u F, L + D

During lockdown
When the buck stopped with me every second of every minute of every day
You will never know how much your voices
Kept me afloat

“Hallo C, I’m calling to get your food delivery together, is it a good time?”
F: your voice is so melodious, so calm, so velvety, I smiled and relaxed every time I heard you on the phone
And I kept you talking a bit longer than I should have done so I could enjoy your voice like glorious warm soft sunshine at the beginning and the end of the day
Cushioning me so that everything felt not just doable but that I was warm and safe in a big soft pillowy snug

Lockdown Voices #1. Thank u F, L + D

Centres, Margins, Distributions

Excerpt from Preface to 1984 Edition of bell hooks’ Feminist Theory. From Margin to Center.
Paul Baran’s network typologies from “On Distributed Communications”, a document prepared for the
United States Air Force Project Rand (1964).

Baran’s network typologies from the early days of computing (1964) are still referenced by Tecnopolitica researcher-activists at the forefront of social transformation today (see diagram below). Decentralized and distributed networks, politics and technologies are at the heart of Tecnopolitical practices, however their politics are far removed from Baran’s context of US Air Force funded research. Politically, Tecnopolitica would have more in common with the trajectory of bell hooks whose framework: emphasises ‘the centre’ (contrasted with the margin); suggests ‘the decentering of the West globally’ and a focus instead on ‘attention on the issue of voice. Who speaks? Who listens? And why?’ (p. 40, 1994); and continues to be a reference point today for people arguing for ‘decentering and decolonising knowledge’ (Moreno Figueroa, 2019).

However, the substance and vibe of the hooks’ text sends very different messages to these stylised network visualisations (above and below)….

Centres, Margins, Distributions