Armin Medosch on Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:04:12 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Hans Magnus Enzensberger: Rules for the digital world

The point I want to make is not so much about Enzensbergers text -
the poet has clearly let himself down - but the publishing context.
FAZ is on a campaign against Gratiskultur - the free culture of
the internet. A few days earlier there was a text by Jaron Lanier
which was pretty much a repetition of his older rant against Digital
Maoism with a little added surveillance sauce. FAZ does not like the
net, never did. So they mix cleverly two things, using widespread
dissatisfaction with surveillance to fight against free culture. This
is clearly old capital against new capital - the enemy is Google. What
a pity that Enzensberger allowed himself to be used in that way by an
arch-conservative newspaper. Lanier also allowed himself to be used
but thats not such a pity because as his Digital Maoism text showed he
is beyond the beyond.


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