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Step 35: Global Citizenship, Zachary Seitz

Global citizenship is acting in a manner responsible to global concerns, decentered populations, and systemized bias.

This week, Ryder talks with Zackary Seitz, a doctoral student in Education and Social Studies at Univeristy of Texas at Denton on global concerns, and what all it entails to be a global citizen.

Discussion

We cover how to be a global citizen, especially when our globalized society is composed of multi-national companies, often dominated by them more than by the nation/states with whom we affiliate most often. This neoliberal, globalized capitalism works well for consumers (and those making millions of dollars), but we need to center the people who are hurt by these systems. This requires a new ethics of value, consumption, and desire, or perhaps a new means to measure happiness.

Seitz and I discuss Marxian separation from processes of labor, hidden costs for ease and comfort, and ethical consumption versus poverty.  Humans behaving as machines, racist protocols and surveillance, and how animals factor into our humanity, and -of course- how we should reconsider our systems of power. We also discuss racial bias in technology. Towards the end of the hour Sietz discusses education, the failures of standardized testing, and the very narrow window of achievement they disproportionately focus on. 

References:

Ruha Benjamin, Race after Technology [link]

Andrew Feenberg, Questioning Technology

Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology

Karl Marx, Das Kapital

Invisible Labor [link]

Revisioning History Book Series

Ecopedagogy 

Algorithmic Justice League 

Peter Singer, Utilitariansim

Zackary Sietz contact

  • Twitter @Mr_seitz

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