Eric Miller on Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:36:34 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Guardian > Monbiot > Neoliberalism -- the

> On Apr 25, 2016, at 9:17 AM, John Young <> wrote:
> Rise of the Internet and other personal devices for handy-witted exposition has affirmed wealth accumulation by digital technology's inventors, producers and distributors, and thereby neoliberalism and ordoliberalism in shrewd disguises especially that of digitally empowered expositors quite satisfied at reaching far more consumers than by paper and ink and talks, thereby empowering (i.e, enslaving, aka educating) consumers who are taught and instructed and seduced to affirm intellectual wealth accumulation at their student-indebted expense and thrillingly diverting fandom of very own smartest of personal devices and brilliantly cogitating bold-name digitally dropping heros, heros of dual-hatted complicity with neo-ordo contributors to intellectual dole, aka socialism of the top 5% of finest minds social engineering for <1% grant-masters and prize bestowers.

Wondering if this should be subject to Hanlon’s Razor ("never assume bad intentions when assuming stupidity is enough” is Wikipedia’s version) regarding the intent of the digital producers, whether they are pop stars or corporations or (ugh) ‘thought leaders’

So those digital technology inventors, producers and distributors _might_ just be behaving economically rationally.  Bread and circuses sells quite nicely, thankyouverymuch.  The net corrosive impact on society might just be an unfortunate externality.  "We have met the enemy and he is us" and all that.

Or maybe someone wants to argue that ProPublica could actually beat TMZ’s user metrics, but the only thing holding them back is a skewed playing field….


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