Chris Grey: The Brexit aporia

2019-06-01 Thread t byfield
< > Friday, 31 May 2019 The Brexit aporia Posted by Chris Grey As anticipated [5]in my post a month ago, Britain is well on course to squander the extension period, primarily by virtue of the Tory

Re: Critical literature on big tech corps?

2017-11-26 Thread t byfield
All these suggestions so far seem good, but they mainly focus on 'tech' corporations, as if to suggest that some diffuse idea of technology is categorically different from everything else that corporations have been doing for centuries. One big problem with this is the relationship between

RIP Michael Gurstein

2017-10-14 Thread t byfield
I'm sad to pass this news on. T < > Michael Gurstein October 2, 1944 - October 8, 2017 Michael Gurstein was born on October 2, 1944 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Emanuel (Manny) and Sylvia Gurstein. While still an infant, the

Re: Barcelona: nationalism, municipalism?

2017-10-04 Thread t byfield
On 4 Oct 2017, at 11:13, oliver lerone schultz wrote: I think this is a very relevant position for the nettime public, coming from xnet, right in the middle between progressive politics and critical digital culture... A few pointers re the internet angle — because they're at hand, not

Re: New "thought rhythms'

2017-10-04 Thread t byfield
On 4 Oct 2017, at 5:58, David Garcia wrote: Don’t try to dig what we all s-s-say. Funny you should mention that. Some time back I saw some squib go by in which one of The Who said that rock is dead, and that that kind of creative energy has been flowing into rap. I'd like to think it was

Re: The Copenhagen Letter

2017-09-14 Thread t byfield
1998: HTH T PS: It's a pity that "We who have signed this letter will hold ourselves and each other accountable for putting these ideas into practice" didn't think to provide any obvious mechanism for seeing who signed it. If you look at the page source you'll find

Re: Can the Left Meme?

2017-06-18 Thread t byfield
On 16 Jun 2017, at 13:25, Gabriella "Biella" Coleman wrote: Lots of bad bits too. No amount of theory can paper over basic flaws in analysis. Thanks for your points below. But I am just not seeing the connection between your analysis of left vs right language politics and the basic flaws in

Re: Can the Left Meme?

2017-06-15 Thread t byfield
Lots of bad bits too. No amount of theory can paper over basic flaws in analysis. One of the more useful observations I've seen lately (can't remember the source, alas) is that in the current US political context rightists see violence as a form of speech whereas leftists see speech as a form

Re: The meaning of Macron (short answer: none)

2017-05-09 Thread t byfield
On 6 May 2017, at 21:16, Morlock Elloi wrote: Tomorrow's elections will answer a simple question: is Europe fundamentally different from the US? it? Cheers, T # distributed via : no commercial use without permission #is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, #

Re: What is the meaning of Trump's victory?

2016-11-18 Thread t byfield
One of the quirks of this list, which is one reason I've loved it so much for so long (and that's no exaggeration), is its very European style. For many purposes, the US has served as a weird sort of Orient -- not just in the sense of a trope that encompasses an empirically geographical 'over

Revisiting Roger Ailes (from the nettime archives: 1995-12-07)

2016-07-20 Thread t byfield
to the text, deleting an old PGP sig and contact info. Cheers, T - - - - - - - 8< SNIP! 8< - - - - - - - To: nettime {AT} Subject: political media consultants (English) From: tbyfield {AT} (t byfield) Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 01:36:29 -0500 [What follows is an ex

Re: What were the first instances of hacking 4

2016-07-06 Thread t byfield
This is a great question. I guess you've used the bog-standard method of looking it up? Etymology is pretty old-fashioned, I know, but you never know what you'll turn up -- like the Oxford English Dictionary's attestations of the phrase 'blow the whistle' in P. G. Wodehouse (1934) and Raymond

Re: artfcity: Going Offline

2016-05-25 Thread t byfield
On 24 May 2016, at 19:35, wrote: > BTW, note that one way to really 'write in private' is to use hardware > bought for cash while not carrying cellphone, connect to the network > in a crowded public space, without carrying cellphone or credit cards, > send one message

Re: Ten Theses on the Panama Papers

2016-04-07 Thread t byfield
On 7 Apr 2016, at 4:15, Florian Cramer wrote: Berger is by far not the only one with this opinion. After I posted his article here, WikiLeaks retweeted the link to Nettime's archive and Berger's piece. Before, Wikileaks tweeted the following (so we can consider it WikiLeaks' official position

'responsible' handling of the Panama Papers

2016-04-07 Thread t byfield
Here's a mail I just sent to a list devoted to discussion of 'responsible data.' Cheers, T - - - - - - - 8< SNIP! 8< - - - - - - - Hi, all -- I appreciate that a forum devoted to responsible data is what it says on the tin, but I want to question the reflexive assumption that

Re: Ten Theses on the Panama Papers

2016-04-06 Thread t byfield
On 5 Apr 2016, at 9:17, Patrice Riemens wrote: 7. Leaks have become unquestionable. With earlier disclosures, the authenticity of documents leaked could always be credibly disputed. Nowadays the authenticity of materials obtained thru electronic leaks, due to its sheer magnitude and the one to

Re: Return of the F-scale

2016-02-29 Thread t byfield
On 28 Feb 2016, at 23:29, Brian Holmes wrote: Those are my thoughts, Really great. What follows is more chiming in than replying to you per se, Brian. Though I do want to amplify one thing you said: You know, by simple math of wealth and access, I'm of the privileged. But I'm frankly

Re: list student protest demands (last

2015-11-24 Thread t byfield
On 23 Nov 2015, at 23:48, John Hopkins wrote: It's Amurika, so if the students can post a letter-writing animation on Vine it will be deemed a massive strategic success ... clicktivism-clacktivism ... demands for everything from a Gaussian grade distribution skewed hard to A+ A A- to

Re: VW

2015-10-03 Thread t byfield
On 3 Oct 2015, at 15:07, Florian Cramer wrote: If you carefully read my points here on Nettime, then it shouldn't have escaped you that I defended this funding (against Ted) and actually consider it a good case of repurposing company profits for public research and education. No, I didn't say

Re: VW

2015-10-02 Thread t byfield
Jaromil, I agree with much of what you say, so I'll try to find a focused place where a response might actually get somewhere. On 2 Oct 2015, at 10:31, Jaromil wrote: Relying on open-source metaphor-mantras ('Would you buy a car with the hood welded shut?') to analyze peculiar dynamics of

Re: VW

2015-09-27 Thread t byfield
On 25 Sep 2015, at 20:59, Michael Gurstein wrote: Thanks Ted, very useful. I guess what I'm curious about is the motivations, individual and/or corporate thought processes/incentives etc. that underlie the initial decision to go down this path and then the multitude of decisions at various


2015-09-25 Thread t byfield
A few thoughts about the VW scandal The VW scandal may not seem very nettimish, but I'll argue that it is. This'll take a while, because it is, as they say now, #epic. If you're interested, read on. Cheers, T There are a few 'immaterial' sectors we're used to thinking of as somehow

Re: Rice Seminar - Chronotopic Imaginaries: The City in Signs,

2015-09-12 Thread t byfield
On 12 Sep 2015, at 15:39, John Young forwarded: As Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web, once put it, there is "one centralized Achilles' heel" to the Web's otherwise decentralized system: computers may be free to talk to each other, but only if they abide by given naming conventions.

nettime Lori Emerson: What's Wrong With the Internet and How We Can Fix It: Interview With Internet Pioneer John Day

2015-07-27 Thread t byfield
Via RISKS loriemerson July 23, 2015 What's Wrong With the Internet and How We Can Fix It: Interview With Internet

Re: nettime What should GCHQ do?

2015-05-24 Thread t byfield
On 24 May 2015, at 7:09, William Waites wrote: And so we have arrived at the economic problem. The business model of advertising has the same basic requirements as mass surveillance. Thwarting one by decentralisation and ensuring confidentiality of communications means thwarting the other.

Re: nettime nottime: the end of nettime

2015-04-02 Thread t byfield
Felix and I didn't plan any particular follow-up to the announcement, in part because we didn't know how people would respond. First, nettime isn't shutting down. I don't even know how we'd do that, or if Felix and I would 'have the right' to do that. I see moderating nettime as service to

Re: nettime The Greek elections?

2015-02-05 Thread t byfield
Flick, the Schäuble-Varoufakis press conference today was very interesting, so you might want to watch it: -- the action starts after 7:30 or so. At around 30:00, Varoufakis addresses some of what you talk about -- and, given the anodyne setting, he's

Re: nettime Call for publication of all Snowden papers gets louder

2014-11-17 Thread t byfield
On 16 Nov 2014, at 12:20, Molly Hankwitz wrote: Go, Geert! Great thought. Also, a great and powerful demonstration of how publishing is out if bounds to censorship today! I wouldn't bet on that. Exploring the net's potential as a kind of 'middleware' to facilitate material production has

Re: nettime Evgeny Morozov and the Perils of Highbrow Journalism.

2014-10-20 Thread t byfield
John (H), I'm not sure how it helps anyone to say that the declining editorial quality of a posh magazine is inexorably linked in some thermodynamicky way with the ultimate fate of the universe. If it is, then so is everything else, which doesn't really lead us anywhere but a metaphysical

Re: nettime Evgeny Morozov and the Perils of Highbrow Journalism

2014-10-16 Thread t byfield
On 15 Oct 2014, at 20:30, gab fest wrote: Organized envy sounds like a fair characterization. But the organization is small and centered on a few friends and associates of Medina. Then there are others engaging in opportunistic one-offs on Twitter and Facebook, at various levels of

Re: nettime algorithmic regulation [+ [RISKS] Risks Digest 28.15]

2014-08-12 Thread t byfield
On 11 Aug 2014, at 7:10, wrote: I was the keynote speaker at Black Hat last week, and while preparing the talk (*) read up a bit on the (new to me) term of art algorithmic regulation. That term and the concept behind it seem to be on-topic for this list. A bit of Google and

Re: nettime More Crisis in the Information Society

2014-07-22 Thread t byfield
Florian, unfortunately, I agree with what I think is the gist of what you wrote -- but didn't say anything to justify your various rebuttals. So, for example, I noted that there's a fracture between how people working roughly political science and the humanities understand what it means for

Re: nettime More Crisis in the Information Society

2014-07-21 Thread t byfield
One curious thing about this discussion is that most of the people involved are speaking from their experiences on faculties involved, broadly, speaking, in 'digital culture.' This field sits in an odd conceptual space between design, art, 'technology' (e.g., computer science), and critical

Re: nettime tensions within the bay area elites

2014-05-13 Thread t byfield
On May 13, 2014, at 9:45 AM, Brian Holmes wrote, but not in this order: Why the military robots? Why not remember Manuel De Landa's little book, War In the Age of Intelligent Machines, which caused such a stir in its day? De Landa predicted that computers would

nettime conjunctural analysis

2014-02-16 Thread t byfield
Brian wrote: To do a conjunctural analysis is to expose yourself, not only to error, but far in advance of that, to the immediate scorn of those whose greed and fear make them toe the dominant line (it most often reduces to cynical passivity). The academy, it's sad to say, is filled with

Re: nettime Means of production: The factory-floor knowledge

2013-03-24 Thread t byfield (Sat 03/23/13 at 12:18 PM -0700): Desktop publishing, now 20+ years old, had the same false premise. Ability to typeset and print at home did not change publishing world much. The same big publishers are making the same money today, and choose what they want to print in

Re: nettime Naomi Wolf: This global financial fraud and its gatekeepers (Gu...

2012-07-19 Thread t byfield
Silly Keith, don't you get it? Guns -- a proxy for all PHYSICAL aggression -- are just *props* in the theater of warfare. Sure, they work in the sense of actually destroying human bodies and the fear of them has actual, empirical consequences; but from a HISTORICAL perspective, we're all dead in

Re: nettime What do you think about .art?

2012-03-10 Thread t byfield (Sat 03/10/12 at 06:25 PM +): Also, I demand a .marx domain. The question's moot now because NTIA just announced that it was canceling the RFP for IANA: In

Re: nettime Portland Occupation's tactical innovation

2012-01-05 Thread t byfield (Wed 01/04/12 at 12:41 PM -0700): hei tim -- [Ted, thanks.] From what I've looked found, those vets who return to police or other public/private sector law enforcement/security-related positions are around 1:8. That does not include ones who stay in the military as a

nettime from the archives: 9/11 ten years after

2011-09-11 Thread t byfield to: Nettime nettime-l {AT} subject: Re: nettime Personal accounts of the bombings [4x] from: t byfield tbyfield {AT} date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 02:40:48 -0400 ... As a New Yorker, it's

Re: nettime unprintability (part 1)

2011-08-22 Thread t byfield (Sun 08/21/11 at 02:39 PM -0400): Do not print this book I had a similar experience with them when they refused to print the book _Cablegate: The Complete Wikileaks Datadump_, Volume 1, which consisted of 200 pages of apparently random 2-bit snow.

Re: nettime some more nuanced thoughts on SWARTZ

2011-07-24 Thread t byfield (Sat 07/23/11 at 09:52 PM -0400): but the questions remain. Did Swartz ask JSTOR for permission? It seems likely to me that JSTOR would have been willing (and probably still would be willing) to work with a researcher to provide either data or access to data to ask the

Re: nettime ISEA 2011 fees

2011-05-23 Thread t byfield (Sun 05/22/11 at 10:31 PM +1000): It is merely, as Ted Kaczynski suggested once upon a time, the drift towards the soothing confirmation of hyper-socialization? This being a drift away from idiosyncrasy and a trust in one's own life experience and the relevance of