How the Internet changes power relationships


4 Responses to “How the Internet changes power relationships”

  1. Scurra says:

    The other aspect of this is that things that are human constructs are surprisingly hard to shift once they entrench themselves in the guise of “tradition”.  Almost all internal religious dispute is over “tradition”, for instance – which is why we* get so upset when people from the outside try to tell us so; it’s bad enough for people on the inside to do it (cf. Martin Luther for instance.)

     *yes, I am a Christian and I spent years involved with “ecumenism” (which is about bringing different Christian groupings together) – and it was always tradition that was the stumbling block.   And yes, before anyone says anything, I do believe that “organised religion” is a human construct.  Religion itself may be something else entirely.

    But my experience tells me that changing these traditions doesn’t happen overnight – or even over years.  And the critical problem with the Internet is that it does change almost overnight.  What was once reasonable legislation (e.g. the Computer MIsuse Act) is rendered archaic and wholly inappropriate almost before it reaches the statute books.

    Whilst I agree that “fighting for a seat at the table” is hardly unimportant, I am growing more convinced that it is inherently meaningless.

  2. Damian Barajas says:

    Unfortunately, the game is for the most part rigged, isn’t it?

    Arguing for freedom when communicating over privately owned infrastructure is a dead end argument because the default expectation is for moral behavior by real people but not on the part of Private companies/paper people. 
    A meatier argument involves individual freedoms but we’re almost done facebooking those away aren’t we?

    Unfortunately, while facebook is a good tool for communicating in theory, in practice it tries to hold its audience captive by only giving you the option to “like stuff”. I suspect that OWS and other movements would be longer lived if we had both a “like” and a “disagree” button.

  3. endrest says:

    I see I’m only the fourth person to comment about some of the greatest threats to open and near instant communication with family, friends, work, commerce, and entertainment and we’re just gonna…. bah.  I give up.  I hear the Kardashians are gonna save us all, anyway!

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