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? 2001.02.04. - Brian Carroll, the condition of net.time

Subject: the condition of net.time
From: brian carroll
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2001 21:33:13 +0000

[open-source, please debug as necessary]

trapped in language + trying to communicate
- shared meaning - immediate consequence =
things seem possible, change seems possible,
things are almost okay

institutions + ideas = ideologies

art = architecture = design = thought =
ideological positioning, 'intelligentsia'

net.art + net.criticism =/= net.thought

net.thought =/= intelligentsia

intelligentsia = bureaucracy of thought

net.intelligentsia = things figured out,
things almost okay, just another theory
around the corner, from the new-comer
who is 'one of us'

power = institutional power

thought is not separated from power, nor
is net.thought from net.power
x
lots of net.art + lots of net.criticism
+ lots of net.'knowledge' = repackaging
of the old institutional ideologies as
new net.avant-garde

the net.avant-garde = ploy for power +
ideological certainly + expert knowledge
= net.power

old.economy + old.avant-garde =
new.economy + new.avant-garde

caught in language, symbolic manipulation
= the trap, discourse as discourse exists
as commodity, presupposed meaning based on
opinions, as there is no common knowledge

disagreement = division = camps of thought,
nodes of thought, schools of net.thought

net.thought =/= intelligence

net.thought = deficit of original thinking,
extra-institutional

language, logic, truth, identity, belief
x
5+billion individuals
=
nothing
=
no social + no political + no economic power

keywords, traits, mannerisms, expressionism (!) =
code manipulation, another algorithm
=
addition, multiplication, division, subtraction

the calculus of ideas =/= ideologies

ideologies can be controlled,
ideas cannot
+
people are watching, listening, Halliburton Oil,
Enron, .Gov, .Mil to nettime's public sphere
=
chance to be heard, hearing what?

repetition, details, small thinking based
on private spheres, non-shared, fragmented
identities + institutional power structure
=
controllable perception management,
controllable thought, no .net worth

mass death, mass inequality, mass poverty,
mass pollution, mass inefficiency, mass
of problems + incremental, bureaucratic
change - realistic possibility of change
in the short term, sans revolution
=
troubling scenario

civic belief, public service, common
goals, shared work, pursuits + competition
+ economic capital =/= social change

institutional agendas = part of the problem,
bureaucrats cannot fundamentally change
bureaucracies, only alter them

change from within systems + going to
change the larger systems = illusion

logic = either-or, us-them, black-white

logic =/= either-or + both-and + neither-nor,
white, black, and grayscale, color

logic = identity

identity = culture

culture = power + people

culture =/= public people power

public = humanity

private = humanity, gender, sex, race,
ethnicity, etc. etc.

either-or logic = competition + opposition,
protest versus security = clash, violence

logic = language + truth + identity

truth = language + reason + faith, belief

truth = certainty

truth = belief in what is true

seeing is perceiving =/= seeing is believing

perceiving truth =/= net.thought

anti-this, anti-that, ideological armies
+
group mentalities
=
power

group mentalities + ideologies
=/=
questions

ideologies = answers, not questions

net.art, net.criticism, net.thought =
answers, expert knowledge =
net.intelligentsia
=
power = ideologies = belief in truth
=/= public truth

public truth = larger reality, shared
by humans as a group

napster, Aol = net.critism

net.criticism =/=
global crises involving
nuclear war scenearios
in year 2000 in Middle East

answers = pro.this, pro.that,
anti-this, anti-that = either-or logic

question =
larger public sphere
+ language entrapment
+ imperfection
+ ugliness of the text
+ debate, not discourse alone
- ideological baggagev = action?v

down with net.intelligentsia +
(net.intelligentsia = net.theory =
net.criticism = net.art = same as
it ever was) + intelligentsia =/=
intelligence

intelligence =/= creativity,
imagination

intelligence =/= morality

intellectualism = net.thought,
net.theory, net.discourse

net.time = net.time + old.logic

now = chance, change, public,
future, actions, scale, world,
shared beliefs = good will -
violence - incitement -
+ strategy + working together
x people who believe in this truth

5+ billion = human public
home of human public = earth

public 'we' = humanity

public 'we' also = nettime

public 'we' =/= net.intelligentsia

net.intelligentsia = nettime network
as ideological institutional bureacracy
producing predictable products/commodities

personal opinion = this, public-private
concern, belief in possiblity - reality
of 'discursive practice' + discourse +
politic of the .net as ideological
machination x millions of public-private
spheres + language games + fallibility
of language, limits of reason
=
need for a calculus of shared communication
=
human identity, human language, human logic,
human truth, complex + contradictory, paradox

hierarchy = flattened, humans are equals
(men, women, children, ethnicities =/= basis
for universal equality)

belief in nettime as place for organizing
-
ideological constructs, running currents
of the stream, directing discourse, putting
2 cents in, adding up to lots of ideological
$ as controllable institutional power for
leverage.

change =/= protest - change in logic, thought
, truth

change = action + logic, thought, truth +
protesting for this

public =/= text

public = psychology, way of seeing truth,
perception, and belief + logic + reason
+ intention

nettime's public intention = net.intelligentsia?

net.intelligentsia = private power of net.
individuals presupposing the public, private
man's history =/= the human story

net.time = net.space-time to organize
for change + to deter catastrophe + to use
this moment to think ahead of the consequences
of the now, global scale

net.space-time = localized, insulated,
not enough = opportunity + moment - action,
enough to address the scale of issues at
the time needed to avert larger disasters

public net.space-time is contracting, not
expanding = possibilities + space-time
running out + need - shared reality as
to the issues, as to the ideas

need to organize, need to move beyond
net.time = criticism = net.art

net.time needs net.thought = not about
the internet, about net worth, something
more than is put in, something to take
home, to earth, not to the private flat

net.time = networked.thought/thinking
net.time, no longer =/= net.criticism,
as net.critism is dead, everyone's a
critic

private + everyone = no (public) body

-human being

Subject: the condition of net.time
From: brian carroll
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2001 21:44:02 +0000

[debugging...]

truth = language + reason + faith, belief

error: [truth = certainty]

truth =/= certainty
truth = certainty and-or uncertainty

truth = belief in what is true

v seeing is perceiving =/= seeing is believing