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Immaterial Labor on Social Networks

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 23, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



Digital Capitalism

The creation of social networks challenges traditional conceptions of intellectual property and this change makes clear how the rights assigned to the ownership of information come into question with the development of digital technology. That social networks violate privacy and survive through using their members information to sell ads is nothing new; the creation of free services enabling anyone with access to them to become an author signals a move away from the productive action of humans and towards the automated surveillance of data collection, collation and retrieval, and this transformation reflects a fundamental shift in our conception of both identity and authorshipwith implications for the idea of intellectual property as well.




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Russia Today - Episode 199, the Keiser Report, "Live and Let Fail"

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 20, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Max Keiser interviews me in the second half of the show, and we discuss the current #OWS movement and the role of agnotology in causing the current crisis and protest.

Go see Episode 199:

This week Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, talk about the European penny drops as more banks need more bailouts while the public debt clock ticks up to $40 trillion. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser interviews Michael Betancourt about the threat that Occupy Wall Street presents to our modern form of capitalism that relies on ignorance and passivity in the population in order to operate schemes of fraud and bubbles.






 

On the Significance of #OWS

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 20, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



Digital Capitalism

The current crisis continues not because those protesting the status quo are lazy, unwilling to work or demanding a government handout; it continues because of a fundamental problem with consumption-based capitalism that has accelerated under digital capitalism: the need for continuous growth. Immaterial production was posed as the solution to this failure when it emerged as a potentially dominant mode of production in the 1980s. The contemporary dominance of immaterialismwhere the physical constraints presented by scarcity are systematically ignored and left out of considerationdepends on agnotology to confuse, deceive and obliviate certainty; with this elimination of the most basic grounds for conclusions and evaluations, the potential for dissent is greatly reduced and the effectiveness of dissent when it does appear is curtailed.




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Incite #3: New Ages

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 19, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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The third issue of avant-garde media magazine Incite has some of its contents posted and is using KickStarter as a way to help raise the money needed to publish this year.

Lots of good stuff in this one, worth taking a look; I have something in this issue, so I am biased.






 

A News Photo from Occupy Wall Street

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 16, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



CultureCrit

A news photo shot by AP photographer Mary Altaffer showing a New York City police officer running over a Legal Aid Society observer as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators march through the streets near Wall Street on Friday, October 14, 2011 is a very interesting depiction of these events:





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Education, Autonomy, and Off-Shoring

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 16, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



Digital Capitalism

The shift of responsibility for education onto the individual shows the middle and lower classes who aspire to change social position have adopted the ideology of autonomous achievement, through a myopic denial of the governmental role in their social uplift, producing a situation where the shift from public good to private improvement mirrors the self-serving ideology employed by the nineteenth century upper class: it enacts the premise that success was produced through individual labor without assistance. This ideology of personal responsibility for education coupled with an increase in the number of highly skilled, college educated workers both inside and outside the United States has helped create the current liquidity of immaterial labor evident in the rise of off-shoring and globalization.




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Educational Debt as Social Control

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 16, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



Digital Capitalism

A highly educated, highly indebted population that still believes that their debts must be repaidthat is willing to sacrifice in order to repay the debts they have incurredmay be the single most important element in maintaining the status quo.




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An 'Obsolete' Human Resource vs. Automated Production

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 16, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



Digital Capitalism

The earlier ability to consider machine labor as an extension of human actionas the mechanical amplification of human laboris replaced by models where the machine does not augment but supplant, in the process apparently removing the human intermediary that historically lies between the work of designer-engineers and the human production required in the fabrication of their plans.




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MisALT Screening Series Presents: Glitch vs Scratch

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 11, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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The MisALT Screening Series returns this Sunday, October 16th at a new location and with an exciting program of experimental film and video that explore and celebrate the distortion, destruction, and decomposition of their respective media.




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Automation, HFT and the "Luddite Fallacy"

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 2, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



Digital Capitalism

The nineteenth century protestant work ethic is the conceptual starting point for the development of a new ideology of automation that merges the nineteenth century ideology of autonomous achievement with digital technology to eliminate human labor from production, apparently rendering human agency obsolete for the generation of value in the digital information economy.




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