Beyond “Control Societies”

5 Jul , 2020  

Radical indifference

Today, the behavioral and receptive patterns of the masses consist mostly of repetitive habits, although as users on the Internet they by no means remain passive, but are constantly involved in the pseudo-turbulent events via the social networks, in order to busily and employment-conform, sometimes even racist, produce ...

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Die Liebe

1 Mrz , 2019  

“First of all, social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the internet and what it’s done to pop culture is abysmal,“ sagt Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta* um im zweiten Teil des Satzes anzudeuten, dass neben dem Internet als Chat Room mit Spiegelfunktion, der Orkus als Synonym desjenigen gesehen werden ...



Algorithmische Governance/ Das Überwachungskapital (1)

27 Feb , 2019  

Sachverhalte wie Satellitenüberwachung, enorme Rechnerkapazitäten auf Silizium Chips, Sensoren, Netzwerke und Predictive-Analytics sind die Bestandteile von digitalen Systemen (des Überwachungskapitals), die das Leben und Verhalten der Bevölkerungen gegenwärtig umfassend tracken, analysieren und kapitalisieren. Dabei sieht sich beispielsweise Google unter dem Druck der Finanzmärkte gezwungen, die Effektivität seines Data-Trackings und seiner ...

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Slavoj Zizek: The Next Revolution – the Digital Commons?

31 Okt , 2018  

The digital network that sustains the functioning of our societies as well as their control mechanisms is the ultimate figure of the technical grid that sustains power – and does this not confer a new lease of life on Trotsky’s idea that the key to the State lies not in ...

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Towards a Non-Facebook

25 Mai , 2018  

The current Facebook debate is a chance to get your act together and get organized – just a little.

What does it mean to get dis-, re-, co-organized, to the worse, or the better? A further balkanisation, a migration to the cryptoanarchist waste of resources, blockchain-nations as a refresh of ...

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“Making a Mouk”

5 Apr , 2018  

This destruction of knowledge by the very thing that was created to increase it is what Marx called proletarianization, which occurs when this overall increase of knowledge is channelled and  expropriated by what Marx called capital and the bourgeoisie at the expense of work and workers, who become proletarians, that

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They Say We Can’t Meme: Politics of Idea Compression

11 Feb , 2018  

“I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.” Friedrich Nietzsche

In his torturous 2017 book Futurability Franco Berardi states that “we should go beyond the critique of the techno-media corporate ...

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Lob der Anonymität

8 Feb , 2018  

Es gibt es keine totale Anonymität, sie ist niemals perfekt und komplett. In Zeiten der sich perfektionierenden staatlichen und privaten Überwachungsapparate, die mit Techniken operieren, die von vernetzten Datenbanken über lernende Erkennungsalgorithmen bis hin zu biometrischen Ausweisen reichen, und ´dies im Modus des Abfeierns von moralischen Imperativen wie Offenheit und ...

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MoneyLab2 – Overcoming the Hype

22 Jan , 2018  

MoneyLab is a network of artists, activists, and geeks experimenting with forms of financial democratization. Entering the 10th year of the global financial crisis, it still remains a difficult yet crucial task to distinguish old wine from its fancy new bottles. The MoneyLab network questions persistent beliefs, from Calvinist austerity, ...

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Mashines, NonPolitics

Economy and Power of the Net: Interview with Geert Lovink

21 Aug , 2017  

24/7 metric and algorithmic governance are important features characteristic of automated and financialised capital that Jonathan Cray and Berns/ Rouvrey understand also as a new kind of technological performativity. In his book “Social Media Abyss” Geert Lovink – founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam – speaks ...

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EconoFiction, Lexicon, Mashines

Henryk Grossmann 2.0: A Critique of Paul Mason’s Book “PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future”

25 Apr , 2016  

Abstract: This article reviews Paul Mason’s book “PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future”. It discusses Mason’s version of long wave theory, the book’s interpretation of Karl Marx, its analysis of the Grundrisse’s “Fragment on Machines”, and aspects of political struggles and societal change. The conclusion is that Paul Mason ...

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