Welcome to Metal Machine Music, a newsletter offering left-wing perspectives on tech. I took the title from Lou Reed’s 1975 drone-metal album of the same name, which people mostly hated at the time, but which is actually pretty wonderful.
A little about me: I’m a tech worker, writer, and co-founder of Logic, a magazine about technology. I’m starting this newsletter mostly for selfish reasons: I’d like to have a record of what I’m reading and thinking about week-to-week. But I figured other people might be interested in some of the same things.
Some of the themes that are guiding my reading and thinking about tech these days: labor, automation, capitalism, climate, race, gender, machine learning, the carceral state, and the cloud.
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