The Free Range Network's “Fracking Truth”
stall at the Green Gathering, 2014
The Free Range Network
The Free Range Network is a “dysorganisation” of researchers and campaigners working as an informal collective, undertaking public interest research on the environmental and technological mechanisms of lifestyle change
‘WEIRD’ is the Free Range Network’s newsletter, providing an ‘alternative take’ on the politics of technology; not out of ‘fear’, but by questioning technology’s relevance to our everyday lives by understanding “how it works” – and seeking simple, practical ways in which everyone can manage the role of technology in their lives.
About the newsletter
Ideas for a newsletter have been kicking around The Free Range Network for some time. What has spurred us to getting-it-done isn’t the recent ‘corona-meltdown’ of social media, but the realities, or rather “externalities”, of ‘The Green New Deal’.
‘WEIRD’ is a space where older ‘deep ecological’ ideas and new ecological research meet. The radical ecological message that emerged in the 1950s, centred around technology and what it does both to us and the world around us, is far more relevant now than it ever has been.
More practically, the newsletter will provide a space where we can document the Free Range Network’s recent work and discussions on current ecological issues.
‘WEIRD’ is a deliberately ‘off-line’ publication; though available as a PDF for download, our intent is that it should be primarily shared and read off-line.
There are a number of reasons for this: Partly it is in reaction to the operation of surveillance capitalism, and its innate link to the policing of thought and communications in society; mainly though it’s that at the core of this initiative we’re encouraging people to ‘disconnect their perceptions’ from technological mediation (and thus invisible intervention and subversion!). For this reason an off-line publication is far more useful than an on-line one.
To support this each edition will be published as: An ‘A4’ format – which will print-out on anything, double or single sided; and an ‘A3 brochure’ format – that prints two-pages per side, and can be assembled, folded, and stapled in the middle to create a brochure (note, it will print out as A4 and then folded to make an A5 brochure, though the text will be very small – but still readable – if you choose to do this).
Reproducing, sharing, & using the newsletter
- Open license – you are free to download, share that file, and from it print-off as many copies as you wish to give to others under the terms if the open license;
- Attribution – if you extract parts of the text for your own work/use, you need to acknowledge the source of the work;
- Non-commercial – you can recover reasonable costs for giving someone a copy but not on a commercial basis (as a business) and not for profit;
- Share-alike – if you copy and extract sections of the publication, you then have to circulate that material under the same license.
If you’ve any queries about re-using our content, or you are a commercial publication seeking permission to use our content, then please get in touch with us for further details.
Being ‘off-line’ this is not interactive, nor does it have a social media ‘presence’.
If you have any comments on the content of ‘WEIRD’ please email weird☮fraw°org°uk (replacing ‘☮’ and ‘°’ with the usual symbols).
If you would like to get involved with the Free Range Network, or you have something you think might fit into a future edition of ‘WEIRD’, you should email the usual Free Range Network email address – frn☮fraw°org°uk.
The Free Range Network is not a structured group with an agenda. Consequently we do not publish with a specific schedule or time-scale in mind, but as and when we have something to say. At most we anticipate ‘WEIRD’ having no more than three to five editions a year. As each becomes available it will be available for download here.
- ☮ Issue No.1: ‘The Lockdown Edition’, Beltane 2020
- How do you talk about freeing ourselves from the gadgets that define our lives, when the way everyone communicates these days is defined by those gadgets?
As part of the ‘WEIRD’ project we will be producing stand-alone articles/posters that extend themes in each edition, to illustrate key issues in luddism, simple living, and anarcho-primitivism. These will be posted here as & when they are released.