Cory Massaro

Cory is interested in stories, languages, and knowledge transmission. He has studied oral poetics to learn how the mythic and the aesthetic interact in order to contextualize and pass down a culture's understanding and worldview.

Working in software engineering and language technology, he has seen how automation abrades the rough but pleasurable edges of language. He speaks against this commodification of language and story, opposing the unbridled, unconsidered encroachment of technology into the most intimate spheres of human activity.

Seeking the human within what we know has brought him to anticapitalism, tech skepticism, and pro-worker activism. He wants to remove technological intermediaries from communities; decommodify language, culture, and stories; and bring non-hegemonic knowledge and perspectives to the fore.