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Chris Hedge: Our Invisible revolution

Nettime - 28 October, 2013 - 14:58
Our Invisible Revolution Posted on Oct 28, 2013 By Chris Hedges “Did you ever ask yourself how it happens that government and capitalism continue to exist in spite of all the evil and trouble they are causing in the world?” the anarchist Alexander Berkman wrote in his essay “The Idea Is the Thing.” “If you did, then your answer must have been that it is because the people support those institutions, and that they support them because they believe in them.” Berkman was right. As long as most citizens believe in the ideas that justify global capitalism, the private and state institutions that serve our corporate masters are unassailable. When these ideas are shattered, the institutions that buttress the ruling class deflate and collapse. The battle of ideas is percolating below the surface. It is a battle the corporate state is steadily losing. An increasing number of Americans are getting it. They know that we have been stripped o

Re: John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference

Nettime - 27 October, 2013 - 18:27
Very good question. And why is the NSA bad? I read their budged and I liked it. Am 26.10.2013 20:44, schrieb morlockelloi-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w< at > They dont have to write CVs anymore. A bigger problem are personalised news and oversimplification. Computers and human dignity. We are all unique, arent we? H.

Re: John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference

Nettime - 27 October, 2013 - 10:35
Hallo August - I think this is now the core problem -- that constructing 'another' infrastructure (either from scratch or piggy-backing on existing (tottering!) systems) is simply not going to happen. No matter what social entity desires it. Even replacing the (aging) existing one is not possible. I read somewhere that for the US Interstate Highway system to be rebuilt (as it is in desperate need of after much of it exceeding its engineered life already) would have a direct energy cost of the equivalent of all Saudi oil reserves. This emphasizes that any wide-scaled infrastructure depends on the availability of significant (hydrocarbon) energy resources (a fact that, for example completely ignored by the 'hydrogen' economy people!). In a world where the US (or anybody else) was dominant and could gather the necessary energy resources, this was possible (i.e., 1960 USA). But now it is not. There is too much competition for shrinking resources. Even in an optimistic scenario with wide internatio

Re: John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference

Nettime - 26 October, 2013 - 23:44
The real problem is quantifying the consequences, the danger and negative outcomes of the surveillance. Why is surveillance bad? How does it affect one's life in unambiguous terms? What really happens to the victims of surveillance? Do they get less income/benefits in the future? Do they buy more of the shit they don't need? Do they get less influence in the society? How is this quantified beyond generalities? There are examples where mass education worked, which illustrate the hardness of the problem - like smoking, or relationship of microbes to infections. Smoke and you may get serious health problems in 15-20 years. Rather obvious, but it took several decades and billions of dollars of concerted government and non-government efforts to make some impact. Or when Pasteur demonstrated benefits of sterilization, it still took quite some time for everyone to get it, although the incentive was rather obvious. Where is such incentive regarding surveillance? That your folks will be doomed to remai

public indifference

Nettime - 26 October, 2013 - 22:51
Excuse me but is public indifference considered to be a new phenomenon is that really what it is? Remember Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers? Levels of domestic and international surveillance have intensified logarithmically in the post-war period; just imagine what J. Edgar would have done if he could Hoover up data the way the NSA does. The highest echelons of this behemoth of a security apparatus have taken on a life of its own independent of the governmental controls that are supposed to monitor its activities. Quite presciently Norman Mailer wrote about this ages ago in reference to the CIA; he described how the various entities and fronts that it created began to take on their own economic realities far removed from any governmental controls and now, far beyond what Mailer might have imagined, the government officially and openly sub-contracts security and policing to companies effectively working outside the law. All this just increases daily despite shut-downs and economic crises (after all its s

Re: John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference is

Nettime - 26 October, 2013 - 17:30
Let us hope that Daniel Solove is right, that the absence of public outcry is the public saying "I have nothing to hide," and that it is not Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor saying "In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, 'Make us your slaves, but feed us.'" --dan

Re: John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference isthe real

Nettime - 26 October, 2013 - 07:44
... Interesting article. Thanks for posting. Is there a real reason to be more worried that the government agencies are collecting personal data when equally or more powerful institutions such as Google, Apple, and Facebook (who are lacking almost completely in any publicly democratic structure or input) are the main arbiters of this kind of actuarial surveillance? Not really, I think. Is there a real technical reason to have the kind of private centralized electronic communication spaces on the WWW that have been carved out of the decentralized and public internet by 'industry'. No, not really, I think. But, do we see the 'professional peers' or academics (who previously built the internet up and until the web) stepping up? Not really. What's more is, the people who really need to keep their data or conversations a secret from the US government - I don't know say Angela Merkel, drug dealers, paedophiles, journalists, activists, etc - should learn to use the existing tools to do so. The smart ones do

Re: John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference is

Nettime - 26 October, 2013 - 02:24
hey, patrice, thank you for posting this wonderful article. it may be that the sheer volume of data reportedly being collected seems an absurd amount to read and so an impossible task even for machines to scan that it can't be taken seriously. that said, does it really matter? a surveillance state can be produced regardless of actual accuracy and persistent real-doing of surveillance - if we all come to agree that it is indeed ok to live with being watched it is the same thing as being watched in terms of its social effects. isn't there a famous parable about this? then one day the people are have been living in a lie...and so now you are free. that last paragraph of the author's is most chilling... (snip) "...that what the NSA is doing is "incompatible with the existing law and policy protecting the confidentiality of journalist-source communications", that this is not merely an incompatibility in spirit, "but a series of specific and serious discrepancies between the activities of the intelli

John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference is thereal

Nettime - 25 October, 2013 - 15:47
Original to: John Naughton The Observer, Sunday 20 October 2013 Edward Snowden: public indifference is the real enemy in the NSA affair Most people don't seem to worry that government agencies are collecting their personal data. Is it ignorance or apathy? One of the most disturbing aspects of the public response to Edward Snowden's revelations about the scale of governmental surveillance is how little public disquiet there appears to be about it. A recent YouGov poll, for example, asked respondents whether the British security services have too many or too few powers to carry out surveillance on ordinary people. Forty-two per cent said that they thought the balance was "about right" and a further 22% thought that the security services did not have enough powers. In another question, respondents were asked whether they thought Snowden's revelations were a good or a bad thing; 43% thought they were bad and only 35

Christian Fuchs interview by Pasko Bilic on Media studies,Marx, Castells, Jenkins, PRISM, Occupy, etc. etc.

Nettime - 22 October, 2013 - 02:09
Original to: ?Castells and Jenkins: ? these approaches are terribly flawed?: An interview with Christian Fuchs Conducted by Pasko Bilic First published on the Sociologija Media Blog An interview covering topics such as critical media and communication studies, media sociology, interdisciplinarity, Karl Marx, social theory, the digital labour theory of value, social media, the Internet, Manuel Castells, Henry Jenkins, PRISM and global surveillance, Occupy and media reforms. 1) What first got you interested in media and communication studies? My background is social informatics and I was interested in computing. On the other hand, I come from Austria where we have a far-right party ? the FP?? that has been very strong for many decades and they were using media for spreading right-wing extremist ideologies. J?rg Haider was not just a right-wing extremist political and ideological phenomenon, but also a media spectacle. So I was interested in how the media are used for disseminati

History of Computer Art

Nettime - 22 October, 2013 - 00:32
IASLonline Lessons in NetArt: Theory Thomas Dreher: History of Computer Art The first part of the fourth chapter of the "History of Computer Art" is now online in the English translation. The missing chapters IV.2 to VIII will follow. Chapter IV.1 on "Video Tools": URL: Based on an e-mail dialogue with James Seawright I prepared an update of chapter II.3.3. Now it contains detailled descriptions of the installations "Electronic Peristyle" (1968) and "Network III" (1971). URL:

Re: Why Glenn Greenwald's new media venture is a big deal

Nettime - 21 October, 2013 - 21:23
Dear Joly. The only reason any of this is surprising to Muggels is that the Virtualization seems to be becoming Real, as the New Aesthetic would suggest. Any Marxist paying attention would have to argue that Real was an invention of Class, and never existed before humans. Perhaps I offer too little sympathy for those inside the Matrix, but the uses of Language have remained fairly consistent throughout recorded history despite the machinations of Formal society. Humans are easily mis-lead, and this is why Democracy relies on an Educated populace. The rest of it is theater; stop kidding yourself. To put it sharply: people do not believe what is on Fox News, their belief structure is far more complex than that, simply because they are human. Bishop Zareh On Oct 20, 2013, at 7:46 PM, Joly MacFie wrote: <...>

Why Glenn Greenwald's new media venture is a big deal

Nettime - 21 October, 2013 - 05:46
Why Glenn Greenwald?s new media venture is a big deal By HENRY FARRELL Oct 17 2013 < Glenn Greenwald, who has published many of the most important scoops from the Edward Snowden leaks, is leaving The Guardian and setting up a new media venture with long-time journalist Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill from The Nation. The venture is being funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, who has suggested that he?s prepared to invest more than $250 million in the new venture. This is big news for journalism. It?s also big news for people interested in the relationship between information technology and politics. Martha Finnemore and I drafted a paper a couple of years ago about how Wikileaks-type organizations were changing the relationship between knowledge, politics and hypocrisy. Our ideas about hypocrisy led to an article on the true consequences of the Snowden leaks, which is coming out in the

Re: Pascal Zachary: Rules for the Digital Panopticon(IEEE)

Nettime - 16 October, 2013 - 16:42
First, "right-wing-ness" is misleading, especially insofar as those considered far right and those considered far left have never been closer in outlook and their lists of what to overturn. Once it is both ends against the middle, you enter a pre-revolutionary setting. Let us not wander down that rat hole, please, in the large or in the small. As to the topical interest (in re surveillance) or lack thereof amongst the population in a broad sense, various undergraduate students of various correspondents here, and so forth, comparing the digital world of today to the analog world of yesterday, is it not clear that the total volume of signal has risen spectacularly but not as spectacularly as the volume of noise? Perhaps the middle can be forgiven its preoccupation with such matters while it focuses on the fact that it is only the middle that is shrinking. What to say and how to say is the challenge of folks here (but to say it outside of this echo chamber). As a possible contribution, I gave this keynote to

Re: Pascal Zachary: Rules for the DigitalPanopticon(IEEE)

Nettime - 16 October, 2013 - 15:19
billions is, indeed, an overstatement, but: the state dept had tens of millions spent every year on promoting "internet freedoms": " From 2008 through 2011, the State Department and USAID have spent $76 million on Internet freedom programming." " The FY 2014 request includes $25 million for activities related to internet freedom through the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor ($18 million) and the Near East Regional Democracy program ($7 million) at the State Department. Much of this investment is focused on supporting the development and spread of anti-censorship tools to activists."

Re: Pascal Zachary: Rules for the Digital Panopticon(IEEE)

Nettime - 16 October, 2013 - 10:02
ei Florian -- it's also because crap like this is happening among the not-so-ultra-right... maybe 10%, maybe more, of the country: time-1.jpg And of course Snowden would be taken out by such folks if he ever was to enter the US again... Gah, it's all quite ridiculous ... if it weren't so ominous in so many ways... JH

Re: Pascal Zachary: Rules for the Digital Panopticon(IEEE)

Nettime - 16 October, 2013 - 09:24
HI Florian -- Speaking from the Belly of the Beast (semi-rural Arizona, next to Idaho and Alaska in terms of right-wing folks), the media consumption and actual media content here is literally stunning -- the volume on shouting heads (never-mind talking heads!!!) has the media consumer floating like a half-dead fish on the surface after dynamite in the water... It's coming from all directions, and just wait for maybe next week, when Social Security checks stop. There will be (armed) people on the streets... I see evidences of Empire in serious decline and I believe this strange passive-aggressivity will only increase as a feature of the whole damn thing. Where I am the dominant sentiment is not a far stretch from rural Afghanistan where many folks are heavily armed in their homes. Much more than an AK-47 for every man... FYI, my friend, the writer George Saunders had a great book out a couple years ago with the lead short story "The Braindead Megaphone" which explores the chilling scenario from a harsh s

Re: Pascal Zachary: Rules for the Digital Panopticon(IEEE)

Nettime - 16 October, 2013 - 05:20
The degree of surveillance will simply escalate along with the technology -- what's unjust is the access to the information: the proverbial level-playing-field was the one big "underlying" promise of the Internet... We all should be able to learn where the rogue-cops, corrupt CEOs, gangsters, embedded politicos live, what they buy, how much they're paid and by-whom, etc. Years ago I remember a story about a small town in France(?) that mounted accessible-web-cams in most public areas (including police stations) so that any citizen at any time could monitor and report on transgressions to the common-good, with the result that police were hardly needed as there was little crime and the community felt much safer/responsible. Is Obama Bin Laden still playing cards? /:b ============= Global Islands Project: "We fill the craters left by the bombs And once again we sing And once again we sow Because life never surrenders."

Re: Pascal Zachary: Rules for the Digital Panopticon(IEEE)

Nettime - 16 October, 2013 - 01:37
One aspect doesn't seem to have been addressed here yet: that the Panopticon may be an outmoded metaphor because of its sole emphasis on visuality. Twelve years ago, in 2001, the exhibition "ctrl_space" at ZKM Karlsruhe drew deserved criticism after its curators had departed from the notion of the panopticon and narrowed down the show to visual surveillance: primarily, cctv cameras and video installation work. This was at a time when Telepolis and other media had extensively covered Echelon, the NSA communications surveillance program that preceded PRISM []. The ZKM curators apparently couldn't deal with Echelon because it wasn't visual and thus not easily translatable into an exhibition, and because it didn't fit Foucault's and Deleuze's canonical cultural studies theories of surveillance as smoothly. In 2013, we're watching this history repeat itself as a farce. Many people (myself included) are flabbergasted by the lack of mass-scale protest against the govern