It’s a simplification, but Karl Marx argues that factory workers are alienated from the machine they work on because they don’t own it. The mass-produced tool will also take you away from your job. This is what it is designed for. Like you, it is supposed to generate maximum profit until it breaks, in which case it is easily disposable. I no longer want to use, or be, a disposable thing, which led me to build my first mechanical keyboard. I wanted to feel the work more intimately through my hands. Even though the words I write generate profit for shareholders and CEOs, even though the realities of the ad-based model push me to pursue stories that I prefer to leave out, at the very least I can connect with the familiar squeeze feeling from the hand-lubricated switches of my keyboard. I can find solace in connecting to my tools, even on my worst days. It’s an E-White NK65 with Silent Clears and Astrolokeys Keycaps.
It is not a revolutionary practice, or a statement about how others should approach their work. This is how I go through some of my bad days. By reminding my hands that we can imagine something better than this.
In addition, my keyboard is very nice. – Renata Prize