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<nettime> Digital Solidarity, out now.
Felix Stalder on Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:11:48 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> Digital Solidarity, out now.

Dear nettimers,

I would like to draw your attention to a little booklet of mine
entitled "Digital Solidarity", which has just been published. It's
part of a small series edited by my friends at Mute and at the Post
Media Lab, that also includes Claire Fontaine's "Human Strike Has
Already Begun & Other Writings".

My essay has been deeply informed by exchanges that originated on
this list, but extended far beyond it. Thus, it is only fitting that
the essay is freely available online, in addition to its existence as
print book. [1]

So, as gift to you I offer five years of collective thinking, in a
personal digest, transformed, cut and extended beyond recognition. All
responsibility lies with me, all thank goes to you.

>From the Back Cover:

Felix Stalder's extended essay, Digital Solidarity, responds to
the wave of new forms of networked organisation emerging from and
colliding with the global economic crisis of 2008. Across the globe,
voluntary association, participatory decision-making and the sharing
of resources, all widely adopted online, are being translated into new
forms of social space. This movement operates in the breach between
accelerating technical innovation, on the one hand, and the crises of
institutions which organise, or increasingly restrain society on the
other. Through an inventory of social forms – commons, assemblies,
swarms and weak networks – the essay outlines how far we have already
left McLuhan’s ‘Gutenberg Galaxy’ behind. In his cautiously optimistic
account, Stalder reminds us that the struggles over where we will
arrive are only just beginning.

best. Felix

[1] http://www.metamute.org/editorial/books/pml-books


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