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We love the internet, and the emancipatory potential of communications technology, but what we see around us is a physical alienation from the devices that connect us. Our tactile interaction with them is severely constrained to tapping and swiping – we struggle to even change a battery or upgrade storage or memory.
In this respect, our Restart Parties are a feast for the senses – we love “screentime”, that is, our time behind the screen.
Restarter Ben Skidmore goes on a sensory journey with us in this episode, as we talk about how the senses of hearing, smell, touch, sight, and even taste are used in troubleshooting and repairing electronics and electricals.
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Extra reading: Jestine Yong’s “How to Scan for Bad Components”