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Gilles Deleuze
Transitions from 'sovereign societies' to Foucault's 'disciplinary societies' to 'control societies'
critical-theory  capitalism  control  discipline 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Big data is our generation’s civil rights issue, and we don’t know it - O'Reilly Radar
"Data doesn’t invade people’s lives. Lack of control over how it’s used does.

What’s really driving so-called big data isn’t the volume of information. It turns out big data doesn’t have to be all that big. Rather, it’s about a reconsideration of the fundamental economics of analyzing data."
big-data  economics  freedom  privacy  data-mining  control 
august 2012 by tsuomela
I killed the Internet —
"When­ever I bumped into a silo like Face­book, I may have grum­bled but I didn’t leave. In fact, I pushed more con­tent into it, not ask­ing that it push con­tent back out. I did that because that’s where the read­ers were, where I could get more users, etc…

When my smart phone provider decided to put a cap on how much band­width I could use on my unlim­ited plan, I didn’t leave because I had to be on a net­work where I could con­tinue using my iPhone/iPad/Kindle/Whateverdevice. I grum­bled on Twit­ter and may have done a tum­blr post but I didn’t walk away.

When the politi­cians started talk­ing about things like Net Neu­tral­ity or other weird acronyms like PIPA/SOPA/ACTA/etc I may have pushed back for that law but I didn’t make it clear that any­thing that attacks the Inter­net attacks the peo­ple and thus under­mines democracy.

I think you may real­ize that I’m not alone in these behav­iors and the truth is: I may have killed the inter­net… but so did you."
internet  open  culture  control  social-media  technology-effects  privacy  protocol  facebook  commercial  business 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Noahpinion: The liberty of local bullies
I have often remarked in the past how libertarianism - at least, its modern American manifestation - is not really about increasing liberty or freedom as an average person would define those terms. An ideal libertarian society would leave the vast majority of people feeling profoundly constrained in many ways. This is because the freedom of the individual can be curtailed not only by the government, but by a large variety of intermediate powers like work bosses, neighborhood associations, self-organized ethnic movements, organized religions, tough violent men, or social conventions. In a society such as ours, where the government maintains a nominal monopoly on the use of physical violence, there is plenty of room for people to be oppressed by such intermediate powers, whom I call "local bullies."
libertarianism  libertarian  ideology  power  control  oppression  freedom 
december 2011 by tsuomela
Philip Pilkington: Marginal Utility Theory as a Blueprint for Social Control « naked capitalism
"This is why the theory of marginal utility is still so popular today. It satisfies the controlling desires of its adherents – if only in fantasy. It provides a sort of imaginary Panopticon in which the adherent can sit and watch humanity and ensure that they are acting in the appropriate manner. From such a position the neoclassical can then dictate to governments and populations what sorts of policies should be enacted to ensure that everyone acts as much in line with their fantasies as possible."
economics  ideology  philosophy  psychology  marginal  utility  theory  control 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Effects of Unresolved Factual Disputes in the News on Epistemic Political Efficacy - Pingree - 2011 - Journal of Communication - Wiley Online Library
"This experiment tests effects of passive, neutral reporting of contradictory factual claims on audiences. Exposure to such reporting is found to affect a new self-efficacy construct developed in this study called epistemic political efficacy (EPE), which taps confidence in one's own ability to determine truth in politics. Measurement of EPE is found to be reliable and valid, and effects of neutral reporting on it are found to be conditional on prior interest in the issues under dispute. Implications of this effect and of EPE are discussed. Self-efficacy theory (Bandura, 1982) suggests these short-term effects may accumulate over time. EPE may affect outcomes related to political understanding, opinion formation, and information seeking."
communication  experiments  self-efficacy  political-science  power  perception  control  confidence 
february 2011 by tsuomela
WikiLeaks Lessons: The Party of We — Already in Control
"What's most important is the tipping point, spawned not by Assange but by a new body politic — a new party of individuals bonded by commonality of interest not defined by national or geographic boundaries. The Party of We.

In response to the attacks on Wikileaks, this virtual We Party, comprised of citizens of the world, unleashed an unprecedented — and united — attack on parts of the infrastructure that transact payments and sustain eCommerce and for a brief moment shut critical parts of it down.

This was unprecedented not because it hasn't been tried before (even with some success), but because its success, however brief the moment may have been, was only reversed by those who started it and who had a change of heart. Furthermore, it was novel in its motivation not to hack a system or engage in fraud or greed, but rather in support of a cause — a belief in the idea and purity of unencumbered speech."
politics  internet  wikileaks  government  revolution  centralization  censorship  control  networks  power 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Internet is easy prey for governments -
"For all that the revolution in Egypt tells us about the power of networked media to promote bottom-up change, it even more starkly reveals the limits of our internet tools and the ease with which those holding power can take them away.

Yes, services such as Twitter and Facebook give activists the means to organize as never before. But the more dependent on them we become, the more subservient we are to the corporations and governments that control them."
politics  networks  control  revolution  power  centralization  censorship  government 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Julian Assange, defending our democracies (despite their owners' wishes) - Charlie's Diary
Around the world, governments seem to be more interested in obeying the goals of industry lobbyists and the rich than in actually governing well; this isn't an accident, but the outcome of the capture of the machinery of governance by groups of individuals who are self-selecting for adherence to a narrow ideological outlook. In effect we are beset by accidental authoritarian conspiracies — not top-down conspiracies led by a white-cat-stroking Bond villain, but unintentional ad-hoc conspiracies by groups of individuals who work together to promote common interests. By coordinating, they can gain control of our institutions and impose an agenda that is agreeable to their interests (but not to the majority of the public). Familiar examples might include: the music and film industries and their catspaws among the lobbyists attending the WIPO intellectual property negotiations, the oil and coal industries, the religious right, and so on.
transparency  secrecy  control  power  wikileaks  politics  foreign-policy  america  government 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Dr. Gordon Pask on Cybernetics
Defined by Norbert Wiener in 1948 as the science of communication and control in the animal and the machine, cybernetics has been more or less broadly interpreted.
cybernetics  definition  encyclopedia  reference  control  systems  feedback  history 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : School Isn’t For Learning
Robin Hanson quotes Peter Gray. "Employers in industry saw schooling as a way to create better workers. To them, the most crucial lessons were punctuality, following directions, tolerance for long hours of tedious work, and a minimal ability to read and write. From their point of view (though they may not have put it this way), the duller the subjects taught in schools the better."
education  pedagogy  free-school  hunter-gatherer  learning  motivation  school  control  behavior 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Gun Control and the Old West - History News Service
Pioneer publications show Old West leaders repeatedly arguing in favor of gun control. City leaders in the old cattle towns knew from experience what some Americans today don't want to believe: a town that allows easy access to guns invites trouble.
guns  gun-control  control  history  violence  america  mythology  cowboy  freedom  the-western 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Democracy, character and preferences
It looks, then, as if there is neither the demand for workers’ control nor the technical conditions for it. But this two-fold lack is endogenous - it arises from the fact that workers’ control doesn’t exist.
work  control  power  labor  management  cooperative  employee 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Compensatory Consumption vs. Budgetary Bliss
In recent research experiments, Derek Rucker and Adam Galinsky, found that people who felt powerless were willing to pay more money for luxury or status items than people who’d been conditioned to feel more powerful and in control.
economics  psychology  control  power  work  labor  entrepreneur 
may 2009 by tsuomela
The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
environment  radical  population  control 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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