Brian Holmes on Mon, 12 May 2014 16:07:50 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> tensions within the bay area elites

On 05/12/2014 04:47 AM, d.garcia wrote:

Which company is currently in the spotlight and today's designated Dr.
Evil is less important than the legitimate hostility and generalised
anger at the winner takes all economy of info capitalism that these
companies collectively represent.

This is the key point. Google represents the new managerialists because it's the most visible and also, the most hypocritical (Burning Man, fun, and all that). But what's impressive is how the Bay Area has become the single most important point of production for the software that organizes work and daily life for users of devices around the globe. US and especially Californian discourse is so apolitical that most of these new managerialists probably don't even realize the degree of direct algorithmic control they exert, nor the standardizing influence which their ethos, values, economic profiles and lifestyles is having on national and regional managerial classes everywhere else. This is a major social phenomenon of the early 21st century. The revolts against it have just begun.

And btw, y'all could still dump your overpriced Mac OS for a nice Linux distro anytime! Don't forget the adblock either!

best, BH

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