Brian Holmes on Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:17:16 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Nick Montfort: The Facepalm at the End of the Mind

On 07/14/2014 09:19 PM, nettime_2.0 wrote:

      * Why did people who communicate and learn together, people who had
        the world, leave it, en masse, for a shopping mall?

Once I met one of the enrages of May 68, who explained to me that even after that fateful day when De Gaulle returned from Germany and held elections sweeping the right back to power, they still thought they could continue the revolution in Paris where the movement was overwhelming.

Then August came and everyone went on vacation.

It is very difficult to overcome the large statistical trends. And it's structurally impossible to have them on your side without becoming the very power you would seek to overcome.

Better to probe very deeply, establish tight networks, experiment, risk it all, and tip the balance at some specific points of possibility.

The most interesting thing about Facebook, by far, is that some people could briefly use it to help start large uprisings.

Now let's help those same people go somewhere else and try something new!

best, BH

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