The Deleuzian Philosophy of Julian Assange « Fixing the Economists. Julian Assange: A Geometry of Politics Well, I don’t know about you – but I’m getting really sick of the circus that is taking place around Assange.
Wikileaks isn't the only internet threat to governments. As example after example yesterday showed, the response of politicians, media companies, lawyers and large corporations to the interconnectedness offered by the internet has been to reach for legal sanctions to preserve their pre-digital power.
Western democracies and authoritarian regimes had in common a twentieth century habit of interposing themselves between their citizens, co-opting, regulating, repressing, monitoring interaction between people for their own (frequently legitimate) ends. Capitalist society based whole industries on corporations interposing themselves for commercial gain, particularly the old media, which eagerly established themselves as the authorised medium of community communication and shared experiences (a role institutional churches had previously sought).
The Hazards of Nerd Supremacy: The Case of WikiLeaks - Jaron Lanier - Technology. The degree of sympathy in tech circles for both Wikileaks and Anonymous has surprised me.
The most common take seems to be that the world needs cyber-pranksters to keep old-school centers of power, like governments and big companies, in check. Cyber-activists are perceived to be the underdogs, flawed and annoying, perhaps, but standing up to overbearing power. It doesn't seem so to me. I actually take seriously the idea that the Internet can make non-traditional techie actors powerful.1 Therefore, I am less sympathetic to hackers when they use their newfound power arrogantly and non-constructively. This is an interesting difference in perception.
A version of this story first appeared in the German magazine Focus. Wikileaks Exposes Internet's Dissent Tax, not Nerd Supremacy - Zeynep Tufekci - Technology. Bruce Sterling. Michael Bruce Sterling (born April 14, 1954) is an American science fiction author who is best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology.
This work helped to define the cyberpunk genre. Writings Bert Olivier Panopticism, Facebook, the 'information bomb', and Wikileaks. In previous posts, I have argued that, at this stage, the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which Facebook has succeeded in exposing users to more (potential, if not probable) attention from companies marketing commodities or services than they probably anticipated, have no more than financial or economic objectives, but that the potential for extensive social control or psychological manipulation is vast.
Bert Olivier » What the WikiLeaks affair tells us about communication. Many Europeans Find U.S. Attacks on WikiLeaks Puzzling. WikiLeaks, Ideological Legitimacy and the Crisis of Empire by Francis Shor. By Francis Shor TruthOut While empires try to maintain their hegemony through economic and military prowess, they must also rely on a form of ideological legitimacy to guarantee their rule.
Such legitimacy is often embedded in the geopolitical reputation of the empire among its allies and reluctant admirers. Once that reputation begins to unravel, the empire appears illegitimate. The establishment of the US empire in the aftermath of World War II built upon its economic and military supremacy. That empire created an architecture of financial and geopolitical institutions that served not only its own interests, but also those of global capital and international legal and democratic structures. Given the battered economic and military standing of the United States over the past several years, the hysterical reaction of the American political class over the recent release of State Department cables by WikiLeaks is not surprising.
Reprinted with permission from TruthOut. How to Think About WikiLeaks - Alexis Madrigal - Technology. This is a regularly updated post.
It was first published 12/8/2010 at 11:51am. LRB · Slavoj Žižek · Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks. In one of the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks Putin and Medvedev are compared to Batman and Robin.
It’s a useful analogy: isn’t Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’s organiser, a real-life counterpart to the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight? In the film, the district attorney, Harvey Dent, an obsessive vigilante who is corrupted and himself commits murders, is killed by Batman. Batman and his friend police commissioner Gordon realise that the city’s morale would suffer if Dent’s murders were made public, so plot to preserve his image by holding Batman responsible for the killings. Are we living in the end times? Zizek Al Jazeera English. Who is Behind Wikileaks? “World bankers, by pulling a few simple levers that control the flow of money, can make or break entire economies.
By controlling press releases of economic strategies that shape national trends, the power elite are able to not only tighten their stranglehold on this nation’s economic structure, but can extend that control world wide. Wikileaks Beyond Wikileaks? Corporate media buys you off only if you pose a real danger – radical and subversive to ‘power’.
While attacking Wikileaks for corporate collusion, therefore, its original radical potential cannot be overlooked. Wikileaks’ close collaboration with big corporate media and the ‘redactions’ raise serious doubts over whether information is actually flowing freely (Michel Chossudovsky, ‘Who is Behind Wikileaks?’ WikiLeaks en The Guardian: Verslag van een moeizame samenwerking. Julian Assange, oprichter en voorman van WikiLeaks De WikiLeaks-onthullingen van 2010 ontlenen hun kracht mede aan de samenwerking tussen rebellen van het web en journalisten van traditionele printmedia van internationale naam en faam.
Maar die samenwerking was van meet af aan moeizaam, en eindigde in ruzies en verwijten over en weer – door de enorme mentaliteitsverschillen tussen de partners, en door de arrogante verdeel-en-heerspolitiek van Julian Assange. Op zeker moment dreigde Assange zelfs met een rechtszaak tegen The Guardian, de Britse krant die het verstandshuwelijk tussen web en print wist te sluiten en tot het einde regisseerde. (pdf)Benkler A Free Irresponsible Press via @CShirky.