[act-ma] Starting at noon (Eastern): Nicole Aschoff (Jacobin, Verso) on her book "The Smartphone Society"

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Starting at noon today: Nicole Aschoff (Verso, Jacobin) on her book "The
Smartphone Society" - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5999353012

Two vital conversations: Saturday (noon) & Tuesday (7:00, Eastern) - Nicole
Aschoff, technology, power and resistance + DSA's convention & left unity

Saturday noon conversation with Nicole Aschoff; Tuesday evening
conversation on the future of the left in light of DSA's National
Convention, "From the Ashes of the Old - Socialism for a New Tomorrow."
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*Saturday, August 21, 12:00 noon (Eastern)*
Author Nicole Aschoff (*The Smartphone Society) *in conversation with Guest
Co-host Alfredo Lopez
Technology, Power, and Resistance!
Join "The Saturday Bookshelf" in a conversation with Nicole Aschoff about
her book, *The Smartphone Society: Technology, Power, and Resistance in the
New Gilded Age*

>From Beacon Press: "Our smartphones have brought digital technology into
the most intimate spheres of life. It’s time to take control of them,
repurposing them as pathways to a democratically designed and maintained
digital commons that prioritizes people over profit.

Smartphones have appeared everywhere seemingly overnight: since the first
iPhone was released, in 2007, the number of smartphone users has
skyrocketed to over two billion. Smartphones have allowed users to connect
worldwide in a way that was previously impossible, created communities
across continents, and provided platforms for global justice movements.
However, the rise of smartphones has led to corporations using consumers’
personal data for profit, unmonitored surveillance, and digital monopolies
like Google, Facebook, and Amazon that have garnered control over our
social, political, and economic landscapes.

But people are using their smartphones to fight back. New modes of
resistance are emerging, signaling the possibility that our pocket
computers could be harnessed for the benefit of people, not profit. From
helping to organize protests against the US-Mexico border wall through
Twitter to being used to report police brutality through Facebook Live,
smartphones open a door for collective change.
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*UPCOMING ON TUESDAY 8/24, 7:00 Eastern*
Blil Fletcher, Jr. Kristian Hernandez, David Duhalde, Matt Nelson, hosted
by David Cobb and Meleiza Figueroa on the DSA National Convention 2021

*Details to follow*
* Facebook link
* Readings
** The Modern Tecumseh and the Future of the U.S. Left
by Bill Fletcher, Jr.
** DSA Convention Resolutions
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