LCB&FC, April-June - Blindsight by Peter Watts

Hey everyone! Three months have passed since January 1st. I’ve evaluated the “Libre Culture Lemmy Book and/or Film Club” posts comments, and I think it’s safe to say that our book of choice is Blindsight by Peter Watts.

You can get a copy here (I think. Let me know if these are the right links):

Please note and respect that the book is under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license.

Let’s discuss! Here are a few prompts to get us started:

  • How did you feel when reading this book?
  • Did any moments, characters or ideas stand out to you?
  • Do you notice any themes or symbolism?
  • If you had the chance to contact the author and ask them any questions, what would they be?

While this community is wonderful in the sense that it’s certainly a welcome and friendly environment, due to my past experiences on Reddit, I’d like to quickly remind everyone that the downvote button is for posts that sabotage discussion, not for posts that you disagree with.

What is libre culture?

Libre culture is all about empowering people. While the general philosophy stems greatly from the free software movement, libre culture is much broader and encompasses other aspects of culture such as music, movies, food, technology, etc.

Some beliefs include but aren’t limited to:

  • That copyright should expire after a certain period of time.
  • That knowledge should be available to people, not locked away.
  • That no entity should have unjust control or possession of others.
  • That mass surveillance is about mass control, not justice.
  • That we can all band together to help liberate each other.

Check out this link for more.

Rules

I’ve looked into the ways other forums handle rules, and I’ve distilled their policies down into two simple ideas.

  • Please show common courtesy: Let’s make this community one that people want to be a part of.

  • Please keep posts generally on topic

  • No NSFW content

  • When sharing a Libre project, please include the name of its license in the title. For example: “Project name and summary (GPL-3.0)”

Libre culture is a very very broad topic, and while it’s perfectly okay for a conversation to stray, I do ask that we keep things generally on topic.

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