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Re: <nettime> Will your insurance company subsidize your quantified self
Alexander Bard on Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:41:58 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Will your insurance company subsidize your quantified self?

Dear Florian

I can sense that we disagree already - and probably have to agree to
disagree - but let me just state that "netocracy" is already well defined
in internt social theory and needs no confusing redefinition from you nor
anybody else. Netocrats are those who use The Internet to their own
advantage and who strengthen their power by successfully creating social
networks within which they pursue their social intelligence and tranied
social skills. As diferent form a bourgeoisie of stockholders and factory
owners. Society then increasingly becomes a power structure of networks
rather than individuals (and just look at Silicon Valey and then tell me in
what way I'm wrong here). Media industries have operated around and
concentrated on such power structures for decades and with all of society
becoming medialized, The Internet merely reflects the rest of society in
this department.

You can argue that capital is the only thing that counts at the end of the
day and that attention is a meningless term. Pre-Marxists argued the same
way promoting land ownership and against the importance of money prior to
Marx too. However the fact that 99% of Google searches pass through the
attentionalist left column and merely 1% of Google seraches pass through
the capitalist right column proves it is your analysis and not mine which
is simplistic and therefore ends up with a less correct analysis. if you're
interested, I wrote "The Netocrats" with Jan S??derqvist 14 years ago and it
is also available as one third of "The Futurica Trilogy" if you'd like a
copy. And don't worry about me self-promoting, all our books are
non-profit. We just like a good debate on what really counts in
contemporary society. And a radical thinking more inspired by Zizek,
Critchley and Meillassoux rather than Immanuel Kant.

Best regards
Alexander Bard

2014-04-16 19:57 GMT+02:00 Florian Cramer <fcramer {AT} pleintekst.nl>:

> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM, Alexander Bard <bardissimo {AT} gmail.com>wrote:
> What it is not taking into perspective is the fact that the Internet itself
>> fosters a new parallel class system of a netocracy versus a consumtariat.
> A netocracy would be the class that controls the infrastructure and
> policymaking of the Internet - and, by implication, the economic and
> political systems connected or depending on it.

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