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Re: <nettime> [Networkedlabour] Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Eco
Vasilis Kostakis on Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:17:34 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> [Networkedlabour] Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy

   Dear Brian,

   To begin with, your constructive critique shows that the main goal of
   our short book is being realized. That is, to start thought-provoking and 
   meaningful discussions and debates on various alternatives. Hence, thank 
   you very much for your time to read the book and provide us with such a 
   sophisticated critique which can make us only better.

   Michel has replied perhaps much better than I could to your points.
   However, allow me to contribute to our discussion by commenting on two 

   1) We chose to use the techno-economic paradigm shifts theory, and the
   Perezian framework in particular, because: i) it helps us to recognize
   the dynamic and changing nature of the capitalist system; ii) it
   embraces a mild-technodeterminism that reflects how we understand the
   various p2p-based developments; iii) it allows to develop both capitalist 
   and post-capitalist scenarios (apparently, we are more focused on the
   latter) following, say, a "bird's-eye view" approach; iv) it is a well-
   established theoretical framework understood and discussed even by 
   mainstream scholars (therefore, it can arguably promote the discussion
   in other circles); v) I have been a student and a collaborator of Perez :-)

   2) Although we write somewhere that "Of course, we should be aware of
   Federici's and Caffentzis' remark (2007, p. 70) that notions like
   'cognitive labor' and 'cognitive capitalism' represent 'a part, though
   a leading one, of capitalist development and that different forms of
   knowledge and cognitive work exist that cannot be flattened under one
   label'. In general, one could argue that capitalism, in the past, was
   primarily concerned with the commodification of material...", we should
   have dealt more with seemingly problematic or ambiguous terms like
   cognitive capitalism, netarchical capitalism etc. Having recognized
   this issue, we have published, with the support of triple-C, a call for papers
   (http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/announcement/view/23) that
   would allow us to understand more on the socio-enviromental/labor
   issues around peer production, amongst others.

   Thank you once again,

   All the best for 2015,

   Dr. Vasilis Kostakis
   Senior Research Fellow
   Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance
   Research Director
   P2P Lab: http://p2plab.org

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