‘Smart’ Pills, Surveillance #Capitalism & #DisabilityJustice w/ @LollardFish — #KatieSpeakShow Ep144 8/25/2018

In brief: The best voice in the business, David Perry, is back on the show! (Maybe it’s just me? Did I listen to too much NPR/terrestrial radio before we could stream things??) We chat about Gerber’s new spokesbaby, whether or not we’re watching the NFL this season (nope) and why, and a disabled former rodeo rider with a shot at being the first democratic governor in South Dakota since 1974.

Most of the interview, however, we interrogate the development of “smart pill” technology that send data to, well, whomever it’s programmed too. While there are certainly applications that make sense and could be helpful to patients as well as caregivers, the fact that a psychiatric medication is the first to get the “benefit” of this new technology is unsettling. David goes into the potential ramifications, especially for incarcerated or institutionalized people.

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Easy download/stream:

Enhanced audio: ‘Smart’ Pills, Surveillance #Capitalism & #DisabilityJustice w/ @LollardFish — #KatieSpeakShow Ep144 8/25/2018

Links to on-air references:

My take…

“Employment by major industry sector” via US Dept of Labor

“THE SERVICES SECTOR: HOW BEST TO MEASURE IT?” via the International Trade Admin

“Pixel & Dimed On (Not) Getting By in the Gig Economy” by Sarah Kessler at Fast Company

Book Recommendation: “The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South”

Book Recommendation: “Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn’t Commit”

Audre Lorde self-care quote via Know Your IX: “Dealing with Activist Burn-Out and Self-Care”


David Perry on Twitter: Ben Shapiro tweet


“YOUR PILLS ARE SPYING ON YOU: How smart pills and surveillance capitalism threaten the civil rights of people with mental illness.” at Pacific Standard

“HOW HOSPITALS MISTREAT DISABLED PATIENTS: Patients diagnosed with an intellectual disability can often have a hard time getting their doctors to believe them.” at Pacific Standard

“GERBER’S NEW SPOKESBABY HAS DOWN SYNDROME. SO WHAT? Commercial images of cute white babies with Down syndrome aren’t revolutionary anymore.” at Pacific Standard

“BILLIE SUTTON WILL NOT BE OUT-COWBOYED: Can a disabled former rodeo rider finally take the governor’s mansion for the Democrats in South Dakota?” at Pacific Standard

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David Perry: Twitter; website

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