Blog Post #10
Read Chapter 8
“Connection at Ewiiaapaayp Mountain.”
Reading the chapter Sandvig defines this act of the Native Americans as “appropriation toward parity, rather than being an engine of difference, in the case of TDV it is clearer that some kinds of appropriation can be engines of similarity in the development of technological infrastructures, and that this asks us to reconsider the role of aspiration in the design of new technologies” (p. 191). I think that his remix of the term “appropriation” is something completely different than what we have been discussing in class. I think that this kind of appropriation is a positive and not a negative, because I believe that technology has become a human right. I think that technology is a global thing not a cultural thing, therefore nobody should be deprived of access to technology.
This can lead to a different conversation but going back to the chapter, there was a quote that made me realize something I hadn’t before. He says, “life is hard on the reservation: if you’re from the inner city, you know what the ghetto is like and life is probably hard in the ghetto. Well, we’re rural, but life is just like that on the reservation. You got drugs, you got alcoholism, you got all kinds of different types of abuse, the poverty, I mean, just like the whole thing.”(170) The reason why I think this is an important part of the prompt is because we forget that even after all the these years after the historical injustice and oppression and colonialism they are still people who were robbed and shoved to the corners of the U.S. that nobody wanted. As much as we believe that they are still capable of maintaining their traditions we also have to remember that their lives were altered.
I can see why the tribes would have some hesitation and reservations towards the Internet access of their reservations like they said, “technology like… cell phones provides the illusion of reachability.” (174) However I think that it is crazy that to this day they still have to fight to receive equal treatment or good treatment in one on the richest countries. They live rural lives but this does not mean that we cannot help them, if they chose to want that help, receive technology on their reservations. Just like we should not allow for inmates to fall behind on technology as an inhumane act we should also not allow a culture that live within the US that has lands here to fall behind either.