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Control, delete: On waste, progress and the end-stage user license agreement.

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We keep operating on this outdated notion that we are just purchasing technologies to enhance they ways we live, but in fact the technologies we purchase are adjusting the ways that we live, and in fact roping us further into a system that is not built necessarily for our benefit, but is built first and foremost to make profit for the companies producing the things we buy.

Writer Maximillian Alvarez explores the sanctity of waste and ownership in the digital age - as refurbisher Eric Lundgren is imprisoned for criminal recycling, our values around ownership and technological progress are increasingly shaped not just by the products we consume, but corporations and a subservient state.

Maximillian wrote the article The Death of Media for The Baffler.

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Maximillian Alvarez

Maximillian Alvarez writes the Poverty of Theory column for The Baffler and is a dual-PhD candidate in History and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. He is also on the national steering committee of the Campus Antifascist Network and co-founded the local chapter in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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