[-empyre-] the city and the network

Antonas Office antonasoffice at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 21:22:36 EST 2012


Thank you for your remarks. I think we have to insist on community protocols and their formation. Internet may be a helping tool for such legislative micro-structures if we have the opportunity to use it; we think about its rules as a possible background. But it can only determine strategies for the societies that seem determined by it. The Internet seem to be a growing infrastructure in which people will live. This can be scary or interesting, depending to the way it will relate to the empirical, traditional understanding of space. Modernization today seem to be identified to a formula of entering in such a growing unified infrastructure that regulates together the network of water and electricity but also the community formations. Urgent situations would be determined or not by the Internet. In any case we cannot ignore it. In the situations you describe the community protocols will have to be conceived without the Internet. This is a different condition but I think that it does not change the general strategy. Constructive sociality is linked to common projects through commonly accepted legislative frameworks. I try to find again and reinvestigate the value of the common legislative force since the ideas of event and the occupy strategies seem empty of content. This can happen with or without the Internet, but the Internet imposes another level of investigation that we have to consider too in societies that operate through it.

Aristide Antonas

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On Mar 27, 2012, at 4:15, Ana Valdés <agora158 at gmail.com> wrote:

> "New community functions will be necessary in order to prescribe a protocol or to install it temporarily. The Internet can provide the grouping system in order that concrete communities of inhabitants decide to introduce and test a protocol. The municipalities may act as the legalizing power that could accept or refuse such protocols to run in the city. Protocols can be proposed through the net and be accepted from different interested communities; urban protocols organize independent  autonomous communal structures; they can also regulate the relationship between the private sector and specific communities."
> Johannes quoted Aristides today in an earlier post and I wondered why we suppose in a situation of crisis the Internet is going to work and our network of serveces and computers are going to run ad perpetum.
> In a situation of war the first thing to be destroyed are the masts of mobile communication, the cables, the electronic hubs.
> And we are, again, speaking about cities in the developed part of the world with skilled communities running sophisticated protocols, with municipalities based on cooperation and transparency.
> What happen with the Indigenous communities organized by Zapatistas? The "caracoles", their hubs of liberated territory, are good working example of new protocols based on old memes and ancient uses. And in Africa maybe the communities want protocols which can be used when the electricity is faulty.
> I think every democratic change must be low key and not depend of advanced technology.
> Ana
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