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Nettime - 19 January, 2015 - 11:27
As nettime comes up on its twentieth birthday, we've started looking back at what happened. What follows is a nearly complete list of more than 700 different identities we've given to nettime's digest function over the last 16+ years. Cheers, the mod squad (Ted and Felix) - - - - - - - 8< SNIP! 8< - - - - - - - nettime's.sorry nettime's(.bash)_history nettime's_ _ nettime's_ _ again nettime's_ roving_reporter nettime's___ nettime's____________ nettime's_________________ nettime's__grand_inquisitor nettime's_--------_detector nettime's_...wait...oh my god! it's alive! nettime's_'r'_critic nettime's_(anti)?thetical_synthesizer nettime's_(g)?lo(b|c)al_pundit nettime's_|<0u||+3r-.* nettime's_1337ologist nettime's_31337_h!5+0r!4|| nettime's_911_compiler nettime's academy nettime's accelerated cycles nettime's accountants nettime's_active_digestresse nettime's_adding_machine nettime's_akademik_zensor nettime's_alarmist nettime's alias nettime's_american_friend nettime's_anal_editor nettime's_anal-retentive-bo

Crisis 2.0 - the political turn (some comments) P.S.

Nettime - 19 January, 2015 - 02:26
Hello Brian, Just a few comments: By postmodern delirium I was referring to that moment when people seemed to abandon history and succumbed to ???capitalism's ability to deliver the goods??? and Reagan and Thatcher were the shining stars starring down the Soviet bear and celebrating neoliberalism???s ascendent status - a wave of privatisation - and the dismemberment of the welfare state (with the various means appropriate to either the UK or the US). To paraphrase Lyotard: the grand narratives of modernism and the Enlightenment were losing traction. The welfare state became a corporate hobby horse with defense and finance leading the pack. Of course the tech companies were in the mix also but that???s another story. So, the crisis you so aptly brought up is actually a series of crises; repetitive global traumas relating to war, climate change, finance etc??? And, contrary to D. Garcia???s trashing of Mr. Zizek, also a crisis in relation to the Liberal (as in the Enlightenment sense) values so highly cheri

Re: Rich User Experience, UX and Desktopization of War

Nettime - 19 January, 2015 - 00:58
Writing this paragraph I had in mind a very vivid picture from 30C3: J. Appelbaum theatrically taking battery out of his phone to switch it off. But true! the sentense should read: "but the only thing they can do with them is to buy a new one". There are more examples in the text. thank you olia

Re: Rich User Experience, UX and Desktopization of War

Nettime - 18 January, 2015 - 23:03
and the morning after UX, when people (formerly known as users) beiing fooled into invisible computing paradigm, find out that computers are there but the only think they can do with them is to take out the battery Even that is overly optimistic. Nowadays, you can't even remove (or swap) the battery of most mobile devices. -F

Roberto Saviano: How the Mob Turned Southern Italy into aToxic Wasteland

Nettime - 18 January, 2015 - 05:36
<> How the Mob Turned Southern Italy into a Toxic Wasteland January 16, 2015 By Roberto Saviano My homeland was called Campania Felix, or "Blessed Campania," by the ancient Romans, who felt the heavens had smiled on the region by giving it a mild climate, fertile soil, and magnificent scenery. Then the land committed suicide in a dramatic fashion -- by taking poison. Campania's fruits and vegetables gave way to an illegal economy of waste -- much of it toxic -- that is burned out in the fields or buried beneath them. Wine grapes, apples, peaches, and almonds were destroyed to make room for illicit landfills. A new word was born -- biocidio, or "biocide" -- to refer to the extermination of the environment. Campania Felix has become the "Land of Fires," as it is popularly known. When people travel here, they see continual columns of smoke and flames, signs of the garbage that is torched in the countryside. They are like th

Rich User Experience, UX and Desktopization of War

Nettime - 18 January, 2015 - 04:27
Hi Nettime Rich User Experience, UX and Desktopization of War is the reworked talk I gave at the Interface Critique Conference at UDK in November, 2014. It is about what I call rich user experience being replaced by what Tim O'Relly thought was Rich User Experience (RUE), and about Experience Desig (UX) paradigm taking over everything these days... and the morning after UX, when people (formerly known as users) beiing fooled into invisible computing paradigm, find out that computers are there but the only think they can do with them is to take out the battery; and other dramatic experiences. The text is highly illustrated. i hope you'll follow the link Happy 2015 olia

“Je ne suis pas Charlie” - “My name is le

Nettime - 15 January, 2015 - 20:13
The Fearful Demon of Value Pluralism My name is legion: for we are many Negri and Hardt, in their book Multitude, relate an incident from the Bible when Jesus faced with a man possessed by devils and asks him his name (since a name is required for exorcism) the demon inhabiting the man, responds enigmatically My name is legion for we are many. Negri & Hardt go on to describe this as a curious and troubling aspect of this parable with its grammatical confusion between the singular and plural subjects. The demonic is at once both I and we. Radicals of all persuasions have always struggled with a world made up of plural values and their undomesticated (demonic ?) subjects. It may be why liberal pluralism remains (often more than conservatism) the belief system most despised by radicals of all persuasions. One such radical with totalitarian tendencies is Slavoj Zizek, writing in the New Statesman on the Charlie Hebdo killings used the opportunity to (once again) highlight the perceived weakness of liberalism

Re: Crisis 2.0 - the political turn

Nettime - 15 January, 2015 - 14:15
(Apologies for forking the thread by replying to a previous message, when even more would have to be said its more recent branch...) Dear Brian, of course I have to concede. When I wrote "demanding the impossible", that was just a cheap Bayesian pun. And lets forget about Joschka Fischer too, he's just an opportunistic asshole. Whenever the wind of history changes, it blows right through him. Not interesting. Instead of mobilizing Bayes, I could have simply stated that I have less and less hope for Europe, given the political bankruptcy of its institutions and representatives, and the fact that the Far Right is becoming the dominant anti-establishment faction in (non-micro) politics. I can't even tell you when exactly my hope eroded (as a German, I'd have to say in 1990), but I agree with you that latest with the 2008 "crisis", the facade of European democracy completely fell apart. The management of the breakdown comes with an obscene new vocabulary, the language of politics financializes, one outrageous

Re: Crisis 2.0 - the political turn (some comments)

Nettime - 15 January, 2015 - 06:34
Hello Miguel - Well, no. That's exactly why I wrote, in response to Allan Siegel, that the issue here is NOT just about history. Instead it's about what's happening now. The Middle East been the focus of war in the world since the mid-seventies (before it was Asia: Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia). The US is still fighting its illegitimate war in Iraq, which now threatens to spread much wider. And you might have noticed some recent events in Palestine? These are ongoing realities, very negative ones, whose consequences we ignore at our own peril. To that, one must add the anti-Muslim racism that has been rising in France and throughout Europe over the past twenty years. It's another present reality with serious effects on civil peace. As for individual responsabilities, I think the terrorists in France have committed heinous crimes, and there's no excuse for that. I also think there is a clear and present danger of more such crimes to come. That's the point. At a time when the world is closer

FairCoop as creative-construction of Commons Humanity asan antitode

Nettime - 15 January, 2015 - 02:00
By Pablo Prieto and Enric Duran Some revolutionary activists have an amazing ability to avoid the economy. We have been iron-branded with the idea that the economy is not only evil, but the cause of all evil; that we should stay away from it and feel guilty about being involved with it. Like don Quixote, we are sane and pure-hearted, but we refuse to see this one truth: we need a new economy. A new economy begins with a new kind of money. If you

Re: Crisis 2.0 - the political turn (some comments)

Nettime - 14 January, 2015 - 21:15
2015-01-14 8:07 GMT+00:00 Brian Holmes <bhcontinentaldrift-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w< at >>: Hello, Brian. On an opposite end of the spectrum, I encourage you to read the interview with Luz, the cartoonist of Charlie Hebdo, which Patrice Riemens sent to this list. Some of the things this man says are just astonishing to me. He claims that the group of caricaturists at Charlie did not want to deal with grand symbolic figures but with very specific things, images that make sense and are funny in France. But on what planet does this guy live? How can he see caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad as anything else but a symbol, a charged cliche, a hot-button item, a waving red cloak in a vast international bull ring? I am sorry to criticize someone whose loss has been so great, but it's pure narcissism, this idea of a cherished France that could be held in your hand and protected from the world into which it nonetheless sends its armies and i

Re: Crisis 2.0 - the political turn (some comments)

Nettime - 14 January, 2015 - 14:07
Hello Allan. In few words you say so much. The "post-modern delirium" you refer to is, by my reckoning, the product of the last half century. It condenses the various ways that capitalist societies found to bring back into their fold all those who revolted against them starting some five decades ago. "Post-modern delirium" is the attempted reification of a failed revolt. When the lingering dreams and feverish regrets are burnt away, what remains is the measured, objectified, manipulated, controllable residue of past generations' struggles for emancipation and justice. For anyone who might care about these things, there is a very penetrating author named James O'Connor who wrote books such as The Fiscal Crisis of the State, followed by Accumulation Crisis and then by The Meaning of Crisis. Three books that address your question. Generally people only read the first one, published in 1973, because they want to know why the Fordist boom fell apart. The idea that slowly emerges from his later w

Der Hacker als Produzent (Buchkapitel)

my publications - 20 October, 2014 - 10:31

Update, 11.02.2014 Unter dem, eigentlich viel besseren, Titel "Autorschaft und Freiheit" bei den Freunden in der Berliner Gazette republiziert.

Soeben erschienen! "Hacking" (Edition Digital Culture 2). Herausgegeben von Dominik Landwehr, Migros Kulturprozent & Christoph Merian Verlag Basel, Okt. 2014. Mit Beiträgen von: Hannes Gassert, Verena Kuni, Claus Pias, Felix Stalder und Raffael Dörig. Hier ist meiner.

Künstler und Hacker sind beides zeitgenössische Typen eigenwilliger Autorschaft. Sie verkörpern auf unterschiedliche Art, Ansätze was es heisst, heute als autonomer Produzent, und nicht etwa als Auftragnehmer, tätig zu sein. Als Grundlage ihrer Autonomie entwerfen sie jedoch sich diametral widersprechende Vorstellung von Freiheit. Für den Künstler steht Freiheit im emphatischen Sinn am Anfang seiner Arbeit. Diese Freiheit rechtfertigt oder erfordert gar einen demiurgischen Akt der Setzung, aus dem heraus sich die Arbeit entfaltet und der die enge Verbindung zwischen „Autor“ und „Werk“ begründet. Der Hacker hingegen beginnt mit der Erfahrung grösster Unfreiheit. Die Arbeit des Hackers entfaltet sich in der Auseinandersetzung mit einem übermächtigen System,1 in dem, auf den ersten Blick, alle Handlungsoptionen (fremd)bestimmt sind. Sich dennoch Momente der Freiheit zu erobern, ist das Ziel des Hackers.

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Die neue Volkskultur im Internet

my publications - 4 July, 2014 - 08:30

Was haben Hirschhorns Kunst und die singende Nyan-Cat auf Youtube gemeinsam? Beides sind Formen des Remixes. Mix und Remix sind künstlerische Praktiken, die uns vor allem aus der Musik vertraut sind. Sie tauchen aber in verschiedensten Kunstsparten auf und finden in der Volkskunst des Internets, den Memen, ihren besonderen, modernen Ausdruck.

Aus: Pro Helvetia, Passagen, Nr.62/1, 2014 PDF // English version "The New
Folk Art of the Internet" PDF
// version francaise "L’art populaire revisité" PDF

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Neues Buch! Der Autor am Ende der Gutenberg Galaxis

my publications - 27 March, 2014 - 15:27

Mein neues Buch ist erschienen. Es ist eine Sammlung von neun Aufsätzen, zu den Themen "Kultur der Netzwerkgesellschaft", "Autorschaft und Urheberrecht" und "Commons". Besonders freut mich die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Verlag Buch & Netz, der neue Wege geht, um Buch- und online Publikation zusammen zu bringen. Ganz ohne DRM oder andere technische Schranken, sondern Creative Commons lizenziert.

Zum Buch, zum Inhaltsverzeichnis, zur Einleitung

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Krieg der Daten gegen die Kommunikation, Le Monde Diplomatique, de (2.2014)

my publications - 23 February, 2014 - 21:27

"Krieg der Daten gegen die Kommunikation" war der Titel, den ich der LMD vorgeschlagen hatte. Wurde wohl aus Platzgründen gekürzt...
Le Monde diplomatique, 2.2014
In der zweiten digitalen Phase
Daten versus Kommunikation

Seit Edward Snowdens Enthüllungen der umfassenden Überwachung (fast) aller Kommunikation lässt es sich nicht mehr leugnen: Die Internetrevolution befindet sich in ihrer gegenrevolutionären Phase. In den 1990er Jahren war sie angetreten, um durch Dezentralisierung, Kooperation und Transparenz neue Möglichkeiten individueller und kollektiver Autonomie zu schaffen. Heute nehmen Bestrebungen Überhand, die eben gewonnene Freiheit durch neu ausgerichtete Kontrollmechanismen wieder einzufangen und zu neutralisieren. Standen in der ersten Phase die Möglichkeiten der Kommunikation im Fokus, sind es in der zweiten Phase das Sammeln und Auswerten von Daten.

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Beitrag zur Diskussion: Das Internet nach Snowden (ak-analyse & kritik)

my publications - 20 February, 2014 - 21:40

ak - analyse & kritik / Nr. 591 / 18.2.2014
Kontrolle über die Kommunikation erlangen!

Nach Edward Snowdens Enthüllungen scheint klar: Normale Alltagskommunikation wird fast vollständig von den Geheimdiensten aufgezeichnet. Dabei ist keine Informationsquelle zu banal, Computerspiele, ja sogar Spiele wie Angry Birds scheinen ausgewertet zu werden. Die oftmals betonte Unterscheidung zwischen den Inhalten der Kommunikation und den Metadaten, die die Kommunikation beschreiben, ist im Hinblick auf die Überwachungseffizienz weitgehend irrelevant. Das Arsenal von Möglichkeiten, das den Geheimdiensten zu Verfügung steht, geht aber weit darüber hinaus und ermöglicht, mit mehr oder weniger großem Aufwand, auch verschlüsselte oder anderweitig geschützte Kommunikationskanäle zu überwachen. Das Bild, das sich daraus ergibt, übertrifft selbst die Befürchtungen der meisten PessimistInnen. Dass wir nun alle wissen und nicht nur vermuten, dass unsere Kommunikation abgehört wird, sollte eigentlich die politische Debatte darüber tief greifend verändern und zur Stärkung der gesetzlichen Grundlagen zum Schutz der Privatsphäre führen.

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Urheberrecht - Wenn das Recht kunstfeindlich wird

my publications - 2 February, 2014 - 22:21

Kurzer Beitrag zu Problemen des Urheberrecht im Kunstsystem (Kunstbulletin, 1/2.2014)

Das Gros der Kunstschaffenden konnte es sich lange leisten, sich nur am Rande mit dem Urheberrecht zu beschäftigen. Dennoch, das Thema ist auch im Kunstbereich virulent, wenn auch vielleicht subtiler als anderswo. Drei Probleme stechen hervor: (Selbst-)Zensur, die Behinderung etablierter Kulturinstitutionen und Kunstschaffende als Propaganda­figuren.

Der ganze Beitrag online auf oder hier als PDF.

My new book, Digital Solidarity, is out now.

my publications - 28 December, 2013 - 18:56

Update Sept.2014: Dieses Essay liegt nun auch in deutscher Übersetzung vor. Dank an die Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

Update Oct.2014: This essay is now also available as an epub. Thanks a lot to PJ :)

This extended essay, Digital Solidarity, responds to the wave of new forms of networked organisation emerging from and colliding with the global economic crisis of 2008. Across the globe, voluntary association, participatory decision-making and the sharing of resources, all widely adopted online, are being translated into new forms of social space.

This movement operates in the breach between accelerating technical innovation, on the one hand, and the crises of institutions which organise, or increasingly restrain society on the other. Through an inventory of social forms – commons, assemblies, swarms and weak networks – the essay outlines how far we have already left McLuhan’s ‘Gutenberg Galaxy’ behind. In his cautiously optimistic account, Stalder reminds us that the struggles over where we will arrive are only just beginning.

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