[-empyre-] nothing gives - mathematical reality of biopolitical implants

Murat Nemet-Nejat muratnn at gmail.com
Thu Nov 27 09:21:53 EST 2014

Simon, how internet businesses (from Facebook to younameit) are monetized
give the underlying malevolent dynamic in the web. The populace is given
"candy," a product for them to "enjoy," whereas themselves (their psyche)
are the product sold (in a sense, that is a kind of slavery), as you
describe, for an elusive, impersonal statistical construct. All of us, to
the degree that we use a smart phone, are caught in it. It is the incipient
violence (like the climate change) in the air.

On Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM, simon <swht at clear.net.nz> wrote:

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>  On 27/11/14 09:15, Alan Sondheim wrote:
> this country, for all its military power and swashbuckling and back-room
> international deals, operates on the principle of endocolonization
> two areas of IBM expenditure last year interested me: the internet of
> things (of course they don't call it this, the actual nomenclature is
> closer to 'control society' for reversing it as Smart) and Big Data. The
> first category deals with the widening spread of networked sensor and
> surveillance technics across cities and fields, inserted into urban traffic
> flows and agribusiness (and actual bodies, of course - to keep it
> visceral). This data gathering is for the sake of governing complex
> systems; for example, water supply in African countries, ensuring greater
> supply where there is greater need; the traffic system in London uses an
> IBM system to promote efficient transit, steer flows around obstacles,
> minimise bottlenecks, distribute peak time across the wider network -
> controlling the signs which in turn control the people. Potato farmers in
> Idaho use field sensors to communicate their crops. They tell them when and
> where fertiliser is needed, pest control, watering. The Idaho data is
> compiled and 'analysed', processed by a group in Canterbury, New Zealand.
> Then there is the shibboleth of Big Data. A goldmine for consultants, who,
> like oracles (shaman) claim to be able to parse an iota of sense from it.
> Data is in fact not analysed - for detail or to its genesis - but is the
> object of recursive and reticulating operations of organisation through
> statistical relationality, following a non-intensive or powerless line of
> (re)searching for the difference of the same. This statistical same - of
> these identical organs that are brought to emergence - subjects the
> erstwhile subjects of states to the governance of a mathematical reality,
> an abstraction layer isolating power from the points at which it is
> inflicted.
> 'endocolonisation' recalls the sometimes cited axiom whereby capitalist
> states having exhausted their violent energy-resource grab, and having
> extended the borders of capitalism, its reach and their reach, globally,
> now turn their violence on their own populations, particularly the middle
> classes, which history contrived to construct as sacrifice. This process
> has been called neoliberalism. I know it from the example of Chile and then
> New Zealand, from 1984, a propitious date. And like the previous colonial
> period of empire, and the golden Keynesian post-war rise of middle class
> values - education, art, humanities - that followed for a handful of
> nations, this present colonisation is dirty, malevolent and violent. And as
> Ana has indicated it is misogynist. It is misogynist before it is
> misanthropic.
> Best,
> Simon
> PS: On 26/11/14 20:02, Alan Sondheim wrote:
> thank you for this - is are there any particular references? would be
> useful - alan
> Heisig, James W. *Philosophers of Nothingness: An Essay on the Kyoto
> School*
> but, respectfully, this was nothing compared to travelling in Japan.
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