nettime_utilities | 1 Oct 03:32 2014

Frank Chimero: Refragmentation

< >


   Aug 28, 2014

   Sometimes it's worth reading the comments. For instance, take this
   comment[1] on the web's consolidation from Mike Caulfield.[2]

     You look in 1993 and see Guido Van Rossum and Berners-Lee arguing
     that instead of an IMG tag there should be a general "include", that
     would allow you to pull together pieces of multiple sites together
     from multiple MIME types. Twenty years later, there's still no

     You see Shirky and Weinberger talking in 2003 about how the web was
     designed to connect pages, not people, and the groups forming were
     essentially hacks on top of that. But that power to connect people
     doesn't get built into the protocols, or the browser, or HTML. It
     gets built on servers.

     It's almost like the web's inability to connect people, places, and
     things was the ultimate carve-out for corporations. [I]f the
     connections have to live on a single server (or server cluster) then
     the company who controls that server wins.

   The lack of an <include> tag led to Pinterest. No method to connect
   people created Facebook. RSS's confusing interfaces contributed to
   Twitter's success. Any guargantuan web company's core value is a
   response to limitations of the protocol (connection), markup spec
(Continue reading)

Orsan | 29 Sep 10:48 2014

code red alarm - another world right now - global mesh-working our solidarity economies

> apologies for cross posting. 
>> Dear friends, 
>> What has been happening in Rojava and at turkey-Syrian border is extremely worrisome and tension is
rapidly spreading in Turkey. Things can escalate in Turkish cities, putting nationalists, kurds,
islamists radicals, and progressives into clash with each other leading to destabilization of the brick
holding the wall to collapse. Yesterday in Istanbul university campus there were IS supporters
attacking and chanting radical slogans. Kobane has been under a very heavy attack by IS and total amount of
refugees crossing border (and young and men returns to war zone) has been between 2-3 million people. In
southern cities there has been increasing aggression towards new comers. No body seems to know what will
bring tomorrow. 
>> The same is expected for Europe. The more Muslims killed to justify imperialists policies, the more
westerners don't give an attention to it and show consent, the more radical people will get. No body can
assure that it won't spread to Europe tomorrow, and to be honest it might even be desired by some right
wingers who like to draw back all social and democratic rights to be able to competitive before Brics.
social forces simply not ready at all to what is coming very close. The below was an example call, to work on
the idea of international peace Marches to shut down the capitalist war machine. It has a bit changed now,
though not in text yet, the plan is national calls for spanish like star-Marches for peace towards capital
cities from peripheries, in multiple european countries. To c
 ollect materials, livelihoods, money etc. to be send and brought to people who needs in war zones, now or in
approaching winter, by organizing convoys and caravans. These would leave from every capi
 tal city. Collected livelihoods would be taken  by community organized caravans, others can join with
bikes, or marches, so on to bring solidarity to Ukraine, Rojava, Iraq, and Gaza. It is also the idea to mesh
networking all our alternatives, economies on the road to each other according to a plan (draft is being
worked out). Europe not having internal borders returned and internet not cut yet both our advantages
>> At the moment, near Rojava, right south of tr/Syria border it gets increasingly chaotic... Not all but
(Continue reading)

Patrice Riemens | 27 Sep 08:09 2014

Re: two, *two*, TWO papers for the price of one!

They must have taken a leaf from Deutsche Bahn! Two bahncards for the
price of one - and then starkly reduced price to boot!

Cheerio, p+5D!

>                        Two Papers Submitted Together,
>                          One without Publication Fee
>                    Open Science, Open Books, Open Journals

nettime's_openspammer | 27 Sep 05:06 2014

two, *two*, TWO papers for the price of one!

                       Two Papers Submitted Together,
                         One without Publication Fee
                   Open Science, Open Books, Open Journals

           Peer Review Fast Publishing Open Access High Visibility

                           To Whom It May Concern:

    A special offer is made for the contributors submitting scholarly and
       artistic papers to Open Science, that is, two papers submitted
   together, one for free. The benefit can be enjoyed in the following two

   1 Two papers of your own.

   2 One paper of your own and one of your acquaintance.

   No matter which situation you're in, one paper can be published for free.

   The deadline for submission is
   October 31, 2014.

   Besides, you may be also interested in another event: if you invite
   three Editorial Board Members or Reviewers for Open Science Journals
   successfully, you can publish one paper for free once the information
   you provide to us is proved to be faithful. For details, click here.

   Open Science warmly welcomes both scholars and practitioners, looking
   forward to your participation.
(Continue reading)

Patrice Riemens | 24 Sep 19:09 2014

Guillaume Lachenal: Ebola: a brilliantly scripted disaster movie

Original (French) to:

Ebola: a brilliantly scripted disaster movie
by Guillaume Lachenal

"It is useless to laboriously interpret these films in terms of their
relation to an "objective" social crisis or even to an "objective"
phantasm of disaster. It is in another sense that it must be said that it
is the social itself that, in contemporary discourse, is organized along
the lines of a disaster-movie script." wrote Jean Baudrillard in 1976.
Apocalyptic movies have for some time been the object of analysis in
serious publications, as they are the mirror of our societies' angst in
the face of pandemics. But the Ebola
epidemic ravaging West Africa calls for a more radical critique.

The current crisis is not some nightmare taking place under our very eyes
"just like in a disaster movie". It is not an anomaly, nor an accident
taking health authorities by surprise; it is also not, to use development
gobbledygook, an organizational, financial, and political 'challenge'  the
international community needs to rise up to. The exact reverse needs to be
told in no uncertain terms:  the Ebola crisis is the outcome of 20 years
of political choices and deliberate policies. It is a man-made
catastrophe, not only through the intentional hollowing out of African
primary health care  systems thanks to neo-liberal reforms (aka
'structural adjustments' -tr), but also because of the willful
mobilization of all private and public health actors towards the advent of
a new era of "Global Health". This mobilization, effective since 2005, has
been characterized by an unheard of increase in health-directed funding
for countries in the global South, which had made Africa its number one
(Continue reading)

John Hopkins | 23 Sep 17:27 2014

Re: Backstabbing can make you feel 'dirty'

On 23/Sep/14 02:44, nettime's avid reader wrote:

> Backstabbing can make some feel 'dirty,' says new study
> Toronto – If schmoozing for work leaves you with a certain "ick" factor,
> that's not just awkwardness you're feeling.
> Professional backstabbing can create feelings of moral impurity and
> physical dirtiness, shows a new study.


> Significantly, people who had more power in the office were less likely
> to report feeling dirty when it came to backstabbing, and engaged in it
> more often. That effect can make it harder to penetrate existing power
> structures, because it means those already in power are more comfortable
> with backstabbing and continue to reinforce and advance their positions.
> By contrast, those with less power feel more tainted by backstabbing --
> even though they need it the most –and may have a harder time advancing
> themselves or improving their job performance.
> Those negative feelings can be overcome when people start to see
> backstabbing as being about more than just themselves, such as an
> opportunity to develop the backstabber's knowledge of their industry, with
> the benefit being passed on to whomever they work with, points out Prof.
> Casciaro.

(Continue reading)

nettime's avid reader | 23 Sep 11:44 2014

Networking can make you feel 'dirty'

Networking can make some feel 'dirty,' says new study

Toronto – If schmoozing for work leaves you with a certain "ick" factor,
that's not just awkwardness you're feeling.

Professional networking can create feelings of moral impurity and
physical dirtiness, shows a new study.

That can hold people back from networking more, reducing career
opportunities and lowering job performance, says study co-author Tiziana
Casciaro, an associate professor of organizational behaviour and human
resource management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of
Management. The study was co-written with fellow researchers Prof.
Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School and Prof. Maryam Kouchaki at
Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

In professional networking, "people feel that they cannot justify their
actions to themselves, and the lack of justification comes from the
difficulty people have in framing some forms of networking as motivated
by a concern for other people versus a selfish concern," says Prof.
Casciaro, who teaches organizational behaviour at Rotman and researches
networks and organizations.

Despite the importance of networking in the business world, there has
been little study of its psychological impacts. The findings in this
study are based on several laboratory experiments, in addition to a
(Continue reading)

Geert Lovink | 22 Sep 10:51 2014

digital amnesia documentary

It seems this is only for those outside of the Netherlands… I can highly recommend it. The content comes
very close to the Network Notebook that we at INC published in June by Henry Warwick about the philosophy of
the offline library. /Geert


Digital Amnesia by Bregje van der Haak

Our memory is dissipating. Hard drives only last five years, a webpage is forever changing and there’s no
machine left that reads 15-year old floppy disks. Digital data is vulnerable. Yet entire libraries are
shredded and lost to budget cuts, because we assume everything can be found online. But is that really
true? For the first time in history, we have the technological means to save our entire past, yet it seems to
be going up in smoke. Will we suffer from collective amnesia? 

This VPRO Backlight documentary tracks down the amnesiac zeitgeist starting at the Royal Tropical
Institute in Amsterdam, whose world-famous 250-year old library was lost to budget cuts. The 400.000
Books were saved from the shredder by Ismail Serageldin, director of the world-famous Library of
Alexandria, who is turning the legendary library of classical antiquity into a new knowledge hub for the
digital world.

Images as well as texts risk being lost in this ‘Digital Dark Age’. In an old McDonald’s restaurant in
Mountain View, CA, retired NASA engineer Dennis Wingo is trying to retrieve the very first images of the
moon. Upstate New York, Jason Scott has founded The Archive Team, a network of young activists that saves
websites that are at risk of disappearing forever. In San Francisco, we visit Brewster Kahle’s
Internet Archive that’s going against the trend to destroy archives, and the Long Now Foundation,
which has put the long-term back on the agenda by building a clock that only ticks once a year and should last
10,000 years, in an attempt to reconnect with generations thousands of years from now.

(Continue reading)

Örsan Şenalp | 18 Sep 13:42 2014

Coding the Algorithyms of Emancipatory Modes of Production

This is a new book curated by Matteo Pasquinelli:

The above link is to Italian version of this exciting volume bringing
togather the Accelerationist Manifesto, reactions to it, and some
reflections relevant to what Toni Negri calls ‘the #Acclerationisty
politics’. Most of the articles are already online in English as well.
Below are some of the articles with links to the English versions:

#Accelerate: Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics by Alex
Williams and Nick Srnicek

Reflections on the Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics by Toni

Mattoe Pasquinelli: “To Anticipate and Accelerate: Italian Operaismo
and Reading Marx’s Notion of Organic Composition of Capital”,
Rethinking Marxism journal, vol. 26, n. 2, 2014.

[another good peiece from Pasquinelli: “The Power of Abstraction and
Its Antagonism. On Some Problems Common to Contemporary Neuroscience
and the Theory of Cognitive Capitalism”, Psychopathologies of
Cognitive Capitalism, Part 2. Berlin: Archive Books,  2014.:

Red stack attack! Algorithms, capital and the automation of the common
(Continue reading)

d.garcia | 20 Sep 11:29 2014

renewal of democratic politics

After the carnival like excitement around the Scottish referendum the
clich? that is echoing around mainstream media discourse is that that
politics in the UK can now never be the same again. That new levels
of voter and popular participation in a political process has surpassed
anything we have seen in recent history.

Some of this is true and the achievement must be attributed almost
entirely to the Yes campaign. It was a genuinely grassroots popular
movement that refused to be cowed by the exclusively financialist
neo-liberal arguments of the No campaign whose approach was one of quite
astonishing lack of vision, energy and imagination.  The final result
cannot detract (indeed should be separated) from the new levels of
participation that emerged. 

But we are left with the question of whether anything can be done to
keep this participatory spirit alive? Can we go beyond the Yes/No
binary. And say thank you Scotland for reminding us what politics should
be. Now please help us in build something new together. Lets not kid
ourselves. Our Scottish brethren will only accept that proposition if it
comes from the grass roots rather than the political establishment.
Sadly the only truly energised grass roots political movement south of
the boarder is UKIP- this is not the generous civic nationalism but mean
spirited little Englanderism.

Now the colorful inclusive platform of a referendum has been wheeled
away and the political class begins its wrangling, will the popular
energy also evaporate? I fear that it will - In part because of a factor
that we are yet to find a way to manage and that is the fact that in
general -we campaign in inspiring poetry but we govern in boring prose- 

(Continue reading)

Örsan Şenalp | 18 Sep 13:39 2014

Turkopticon: helps the people in the 'crowd' of crow

Thanks to Geert Lovink, we are aware of these very interesting
projects. Comrades are developing an online platform and
digita tools that are helping Amazon Maniacal-Turk's digitally enlaved
workers to get strength.

This is first one, the Turkopticon:

Turkopticon helps the people in the 'crowd' of crowdsourcing watch out
for each other—because nobody else seems to be.

Almost half of the Mechanical Turk workers who wrote their Bill of
Rights demanded protection from employers who take their work without
paying.Turkopticon lets you REPORT and AVOID shady employers.

snoogiebug from turkernation says, "if you do not have this please get
it!!!! it does work and is worth it !!"

Turkopticon Firefox
Turkopticon Chrome

How Turkopticon works:

Turkopticon adds functionality to Amazon Mechanical Turk as you browse
for HITs and review status of work you've done. As you browse HITs,
Turkopticon places a button next to each requester and highlights
requesters for whom there are reviews from other workers. Bad reviews
let you avoid shady employers and good reviews help you find fair
ones. You can view reports made against requesters with a quick click.

(Continue reading)