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Re: <nettime> Franco Berardi & Geert Lovink: A call to the Army of Love
Patrice Riemens on Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:31:07 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Franco Berardi & Geert Lovink: A call to the Army of Love and to the Army of Software



Morlock utters glorious nonsense, as usual, meaning he's right
somehow, somewhere, and yet ...

(i) the machines have already won. In the Global North we live in
a machine ('reality') park. And unlike some other human tribes,
we are not very good at taming them. But the machines are sick
themselves already and their systemic and hignly transmissible
diseases (-Barbara Strebel) indicate their life span might be even
shorter than ours - cf eg the ireductible virus-infected US Army drone
(Hello Afghanistan!)...

(ii) 7 days, yes, Harold Wilson MP used to quip that a week was a
long time in politics. In the current economy, to which our terrarium
appears to have been reduced, it's vastly shorter (27.000 financial
transactions on the same 'object' in _one second_ anyone?). What does
'future' mean in such a setting?

(iii) The science fiction we need, and have, doesn't need to be in the
future, since we are living in SciFi already. This is, afaiac, the
essence of Cyberpunk. We are even recolonizing the past now, since the
banks stole the future: steampunk rulez!

Finally my last trouvaille in an interview (a rare occurence) I did
yesterday: "we all know about TEOTWAKI, the end of the world as we
know it. But actually we should say 'the end of the world as we _knew_
it', because it has already happened. And that space between 'know'
and knew' is where we now are - in the Global North: zombie-land,
zombie-time. Amidst zombie-banks, zombie institutions, zombie politics
& economics, and zombie whatever." (owtte)

Cheers always,
patrizio and Diiiinooos!

(will 'occupy' to-morrow all the same!)





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