¿Tenía Marx razón? – El Mostrador

Es el desarrollo de la “sociedad de la información” el que ha generado serias sospechas sobre un proceso de alcance mucho mayor al hasta ahora previsto. Por lo pronto, pareciera que tiende a romper el principio de escasez, al instalar un bien como la “información” como algo creciente y aceleradamente disponible, del cual es posible crear riqueza, por ejemplo, a través de un producto comercializable…

Fuente: ¿Tenía Marx razón? – El Mostrador


The only living Trump supporter in Silicon Valley | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian

The most interesting discovery of the week was not that IBM, Citigroup and Microsoft were unwittingly running ads on (and therefore providing funds to) an Indonesian jihadi website – though they were – but that Peter Thiel is supporting Donald Trump in his bid to become the next president of the United States.

Fuente: The only living Trump supporter in Silicon Valley | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian


Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange: our new heroes | Slavoj Zizek | Comment is free | The Guardian

Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange: our new heroes | Slavoj Zizek | Comment is free | The Guardian.

As the NSA revelations have shown, whistleblowing is now an essential art. It is our means of keeping ‘public reason’ alive

 

 

We all remember President Obama’s smiling face, full of hope and trust, in his first campaign: “Yes, we can!” – we can get rid of the cynicism of the Bush era and bring justice and welfare to the American people. Now that the US continues its covert operations and expands its intelligence network, spying even on its allies, we can imagine protesters shouting at Obama: “How can you use drones for killing? How can you spy even on our allies?” Obama murmurs with a mockingly evil smile: “Yes, we can.”

But simple personalisation misses the point: the threat to freedom disclosed by whistleblowers has deeper, systemic roots. Edward Snowden should be defended not only because his acts annoyed and embarrassed US secret services; what he revealed is something that not only the US but also all great (and not so great) powers – from China to Russia, Germany to Israel – are doing (to the extent they are technologically able to do it).

His acts provided a factual foundation to our suspicions of being monitored and controlled – their lesson is global, reaching far beyond the standard US-bashing. We didn’t really learn from Snowden (or Manning) anything we didn’t already presume to be true. But it is one thing to know it in general, another to get concrete data. It is a little like knowing that one’s sexual partner is playing around – one can accept the abstract knowledge, but pain arises when one gets the steamy details, pictures of what they were doing …