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<nettime> On Wisconsin digest [x4: young, henwood, hopkins, karnak]

Sat, 2011-02-26 14:00
nettime's_pizza_delivery: On Wisconsin digest [x4: young, henwood, hopkins, karnak]: Re: <nettime> Wisconsin report: 3x: rosler, ray, lockhard John Young <jya at pipeline.com>
Re: <nettime> Wisconsin report Doug Henwood <dhenwood at panix.com> John Hopkins <jhopkins at neoscenes.net> MK Karnak <madame_karnak at yahoo. [...]

<nettime> How a Library Saved My Life.

Sat, 2011-02-26 14:00
Margaret Morse: How a Library Saved My Life.: Dear Marc and Goran, Thanks for your moving posts. Marc, your story reminded me of my childhood. Poverty in a remote and economically depressed area in the US was actually not the worst of it; it was rather being terrorized in every aspect of life, from the cold war (and the atom bomb) as I experienced it at school and in the community, as well as in a family dominated by a man formed by a cruel Victorian father, hoboing in the depression and suffering traumatizing events during WWII. What was hardest for me to bear was the violent, narrow and loveless conceptual world of a right winger.
What helped me survive this bleak emotional and cultural life was not the other adults around me or, regretfully, other children, or having wonderful ocnversations at the library like the ones you experienced, but rather through voracious reading of books that convey emotions and values that I couldn't experience in the physical world around me. I found books in the garage and the attic, but most of them were in the local Carnegie Library. (It is ironic that the rapacious Carnegie didn't employ compassion for humanity in his business methods so as to distribute his wealth more evenly throughout his life.) I am sure that at its best, parts of the internet function as you suggest, Marc, like a library, offering conversation with other realms of experience that can "save our lives."
As far as Goran's story of predatory lending in the student loan program, it really breaks my heart that those who take advantage of and exploit people in abject poverty, eg the grameen bank in a profit making mode, think it is not only legal, it is their right. I am sorry that Goran's education was bought at too great a cost--a student loan as terrifying nightmare. However, I think it is short sighted to draw the conclusion that there hasn't been and thus will not be any change at all. You ask, why can't we change things? Learning that in possible or other worlds, things aren't or don't have to be this way has intrinsic value. It is learning that encourages change, but it also takes ongoing action. I thank the part of American society that struggles every day to defend the rights we have already attained that are now threatened and that works to realize specific and new kinds of rights and practices, including the most difficult and crucial task of saving the natural world. As your story, Marc, cautions, this learning shouldn't be equated with a formal education, though education is the place where we structurally really ought to be accorded this chance. So sorry if this is screed-like.
Margaret Morse
On Feb 23, 2011, at 4:01 PM, marc garrett wrote:
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<nettime> Twitter does not cause revolution, people do

Sat, 2011-02-26 14:00
. left | coast | lurker .: Twitter does not cause revolution, people do:
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Perhaps relevant to this discussion is the following BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12522848
Gene Sharp: Author of the nonviolent revolution rulebook By Ruaridh Arrow
In an old townhouse in East Boston an elderly stooped man is tending rare [...]

<nettime> Twitter does not cause revolution, people do

Sat, 2011-02-26 14:00
David Golumbia: Twitter does not cause revolution, people do: [...]
this is a wonderfully blunt comparison. i don't think it's sustainable when you dig into the details. which tv shows and which software programs exactly cause which change, how and when and why? how does how much use of which websites counteract how much watching of video time-displaced from [...]

<nettime> Wikileaks is a psyop!

Sat, 2011-02-26 14:00
Brian Holmes: Wikileaks is a psyop!:
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The above is some truly lovely prose and evokes (though only faintly I'm afraid) the master of this genre to the nth degree, Konrad Becker, in his Strategic Reality Dictionary -- which however has the immense advantage of working back to the like of Giordano Bruno and John Dee as [...]

<nettime> Twitter does not cause revolution, people do

Sat, 2011-02-26 14:00
Ivan Boothe: Twitter does not cause revolution, people do:
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But that's just exactly my point. Shirky did call it a Twitter Revolution -- perhaps a poor choice of words in service of a catchy title -- but he did NOT say "Twitter caused revolution."
And to Mark's email, I actually think we're on the same page -- different habits, and different software, does change the way we look at things, how we do things, how we plan revolution and carry it out, how we limit or expand our strategies and goals and opportunities. But a piece of software doesn't CAUSE revolution; it is neither necessary nor sufficient. Shirky may have over-covered the ROLE Twitter played in a few revolutions (I think he coined this in reference to the Iranian election protests, which of course didn't turn out to be any kind of revolution after all). But he never suggested Twitter was the sole cause of the revolution.
Again: I think this is a distraction from a real debate about that role.
Shirky, and perhaps Mark, thinks it plays a big role in how revolutions are planned. I am on the lower end, thinking social media provides a new tool but that the core basis of community organizing and movement-building remains. An interesting and useful and fruitful debate is to be had here. But no one on either side suggests Twitter causes revolution and people have no role, as the original columnist parodied fictional people saying -- and focusing on that straw man takes us away from the debate that can actually help move us forward on, you know, working on future revolutions.

<nettime> Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You

Sat, 2011-02-26 14:00
Praveen A: Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You: 2011/2/19 nettime's avid reader <nettime at kein.org>:
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They raised more than 60,000 US dollars in 5 days on kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/721744279/push-the-freedombox-foundation-from-0-to-60-in-30
"The donation that pushed us over the edge came from Blaine Cook, the [...]

<nettime> Twitter does not cause revolution, people do

Sat, 2011-02-26 14:00
Richard Grusin: Twitter does not cause revolution, people do: Are people really still having this ridiculous argument?
All individual and collective action, revolutionary or otherwise, happens at a particular historical moment and is enabled (but not determined) by the potentialities (social, cultural, economic, human, technical, natural, affective, and so forth). At this moment those potentialities include, but are not limited to, networked media (understood broadly to include television, print, etc.). To continue to argue over whether the ongoing revolutions in the Middle East and demonstrations in the US Midwest are "caused" by social media or by "the people" or "the masses" or "the desire/will for freedom" is to operate with an impoverished account of human agency.
I have tried to address this in regard both to Egypt and to the shootings in Arizona, where the argument of individual vs. media agency took the same structural form. Except that the position held now by many on the left that social media did not cause the revolutions in the Middle East is virtually identical to the position put forth by Sarah Palin on the cause of the Arizona shootings.
If we seriously want to understand what is going on in the world right now, we need to attend to all of the complex network of forces that are enabling these potentially world-changing events.
If you're interested, here are the blog posts I'm referring to:
http://premediation.blogspot.com/2011/02/egypt-revolution-and-agency-of.html
http://premediation.blogspot.com/2011/01/egypt-premediation-and-liveness-of.html
http://premediation.blogspot.com/2011/01/affective-contagion-of-violent-rhetoric.html
http://premediation.blogspot.com/2011/01/violence-agency-and-technical-mediation.html

<nettime> How a Library Saved My Life.

Sat, 2011-02-26 14:00
marc garrett: How a Library Saved My Life.: How a Library Saved My Life.
By Marc Garrett. Originally posted on Furtherfield's community blog 06/02/2011. http://www.furtherfield.org/blog/marc-garrett/how-library-saved-my-life
Recently I read Claire Bishop's excellent article 'Con-Demmed to the Bleakest of Futures: Report from the UK' [...]

<nettime> Gabriel Schoenfeld: Review of Daniel Domscheit-Berg's 'Inside Wikileks' (WSJ)

Sat, 2011-02-26 12:00
Patrice Riemens: Gabriel Schoenfeld: Review of Daniel Domscheit-Berg's 'Inside Wikileks' (WSJ): original at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703584804576144182023423452.html#
Radical Transparency A tell-all memoir offers unflattering details about Julian Assange and his tell-all organization. By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD (15 FEB 2011)
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<nettime> Twitter does not cause revolution, people do

Sat, 2011-02-26 05:00
David Golumbia: Twitter does not cause revolution, people do: [...]
we are living in different worlds, then.
because i hear it up to a dozen times a day, from every direction, at every level of authority.
"twitter revolution" was first uttered by clay shirky and jeff jarvis, neither one "Some Guy On the Internet. [...]

<nettime> Wikileaks is a payop!

Sat, 2011-02-26 02:00
Patrice Riemens: Wikileaks is a payop!:
hi nettimers,
So you think (at least Dan does ;-) that our friend John Young (quoted under) is a cynic? You ain't seen nothing yet. Check this one out (from our "we hackers get our information from all kind of sources" - Rop Gonggrijp - department)
Cheers and enjoy the fantastic! [...]

<nettime> LSE Students Occupy Against University’s Ties To Libyan Regime

Fri, 2011-02-25 21:00
claudia bernardi: LSE Students Occupy Against University’s Ties To Libyan Regime:
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At 7PM on February 22nd, Students at the LSE began an occupation of the Senior Common Room in the Old Building (Houghton St.) against the LSE’s regarding their association with the Libyan regime. In light of recent events the LSE administration announced that they would no longer be [...]

<nettime> Twitter does not cause revolution, people do

Fri, 2011-02-25 21:00
Newmedia at aol.com: Twitter does not cause revolution, people do: Goran:
Thank you for your reply and for raising these important questions.
As you know, it still remains to be seen what will CHANGE in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iran, Jordan, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia et al.
What we know is that some people's behaviors have changed and that the media they rely on to "structure" their lives have changed. I believe that these changes will lead to permanent changes in their societies, although it will probably not be immediate.
In the late 1970's, I was brought in by the Saudi government to help with the standardized computer coding of Arabic (i.e. the equivalent to ASCII). This was because I had invented an Arabic language word processor (based on WordStar, which I called The Diplomat) and was one of the few in the Western computer business who understood how the character set was being used.
I believe that the widespread adoption of Arabic in computers and communication has contributed to change in the Middle East but, to be sure, this has taken a long time.
Most of the institutions of the West have been built under the dominant influence of television. This is a medium that compels you to SIT BACK, get the equivalent of an eyeball MASSAGE and to go out and buy things that you don't really need. The result -- in FORMAL CAUSAL terms -- is a passive, drug-addicted, consumerist society.
As anyone can tell, there are no PEOPLE on television. Yes, you are right. In this sort of SIMULACRUM of reality, CHANGE is not going to happen.
But, for the past 20 years, television has been being replaced by the Internet -- which causes you to LEAN FORWARD, get BUSY and, increasingly, to SOCIALIZE with other PEOPLE.
The New Yorker cartoon was wrong. On the Internet, you can actually tell if you are talking to a DOG.
New media CAUSES changes in people's behaviors and attitudes. All I'm suggesting is that we do our best to understand how this happens.
And, yes, I suspect that those in Tahrir square could write a really important book about their experiences -- if anyone really wants to read an obsolete 15-19th century medium anymore. <g>
Mark Stahlman Brooklyn NY

<nettime> Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You

Fri, 2011-02-25 19:00
mazzetta: Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You: Il 19/02/2011 11:23, nettime's avid reader ha scritto:
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http://osiris.kodeware.net/ http://osiris.kodeware.net/index.php?lang=en
It seems a pretty interesting step towards decentralization

<nettime> Twitter does not cause revolution, people do

Fri, 2011-02-25 18:00
Anivar Aravind: Twitter does not cause revolution, people do: 2 points about BJP's campaign in india, before using it for generalisation
1. It was not a "social media campaign" participating online audience. It is just a google ad words campaign
2. It is a wonderful casestudy of how googleads failed to become contexual advts. [...]

<nettime> Twitter does not cause revolution, people do

Fri, 2011-02-25 18:00
Goran Maric: Twitter does not cause revolution, people do: Mark,
There is a quite interesting paradox in what you are saying, though this argument is not directed against you at all, it was just initiated by your writing. And what I am going to say is something that is occupying my mind for the last few years . [...]

<nettime> Twitter does not cause revolution, people do

Fri, 2011-02-25 18:00
Goran Maric: Twitter does not cause revolution, people do:
Mark, There is a quite interesting paradox in what you are saying, though this argument is not directed against you at all, it was just initiated by your writing. And what I am going to say is something that is occupying my mind for the last few years . [...]

<nettime> Digitizing the Terracotta Army

Fri, 2011-02-25 00:00
Paolo Cirio: Digitizing the Terracotta Army: pretty fantastic! it should be an open source software that any agitprop can use. i wish i could've had this software when i was doing 'The Big Plot', which was meant to infiltrate a right-wing group and doing espionage through fictional personas on social media. [...]

<nettime> Review of Trans Desire by Zach Blas in E-Misférica

Fri, 2011-02-25 00:00
micha cárdenas: Review of Trans Desire by Zach Blas in E-Misférica: I am so honored to say that Zach Blas has reviewed my book, and his review is now available on the E-Misférica website. E-Misférica is the journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and their latest issue, 7.2, is on the theme "After Truth".
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