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Race, Technology, and the Word “Traditional” in the World-System

Wallerstein, Historical Capitalism (Verso, 1982)

“Traditional” is one of the more interesting words to keep track of in contemporary discourse, particularly when it comes up in discussions of technology. For the most part, it is used as a slur. It is a word used to disparage an object or practice, to compare it to whatever one wants to posit as […]

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Claritas PRIZM Marketing Segments (What Are Computers For? #X-7)

Claritas PRIZM image

Long gone from the servers, company itself swallowed several times, preserved for later analysis (see the discussion on pages 131-142 of The Cultural Logic of Computation). This is only the marketing literature for a program that was far more detailed and targeted than even this may appear; it demonstrates fairly clearly how racial and economic […]

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