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Re: <nettime> No evidence of digital wrong-doing...
Felix Stalder on Thu, 31 Jan 2019 11:27:54 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> No evidence of digital wrong-doing...


You are absolutely right, these work in different registers, but I don't
think there is a clear hierarchical relations between them like in a
technological stack where one layer builds upon the other.

It's more like these are different ways to structure our understanding
of, and agency in, social reality and they co-exist at the same time.
Ideally, one would more or less balance out  the deficits of the other,
but at the moment, it's rather less than more.

So the idea would be and with one add yet other registers, or frames,
then different ways of understanding, and acting in, reality might be
opened up.

Felix

On 30.01.19 14:31, Morlock Elloi wrote:
> The three work on different protocol layers, going from top to low level
> (in OSI terms think of them as Application, Transport and Physical layers):
> 
> 1. Voting for someone involves some "thinking", in the sense "Is A
> better for me/my village/guild than B?"
> 
> 2. Mass media operates by displacing 1:1 human input/gossip with 1:many
> input, and is essential for creating group identity beyond the village
> (starting with Bible).
> 
> 3. Social media, the latest entrant, works (the real work, not the
> veneer) below the perception level, by exploiting finite nature of
> wetware, somewhat similar to DoS. If you don't have access to data (you
> don't), there is no way to know how exactly it works.
> 
> There are interactions between the three, mostly one-way, but it's a
> mistake to consider them operating at the same or even remotely similar
> level. None of them displaces the other, but the lower ones change the
> ground for the higher ones.
> 
> On 1/30/19, 04:29, Felix Stalder wrote:
>> Repesentative democracy: institutional capture by special interests and
>> money necessary to run a political campaigns.
>>
>> Mass media: small group of professional writers/speakers with narrow set
>> of opinions and often unacknowledged conflicts of interest.
>>
>> Social Media: polarization of opinion due to the speed and brevity of
>> exchanges and the focus of the platforms on producing segmented
>> "engagement".
> 
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