Typed “internet” into z-library again, and after scrolling through a hundred or so books on the Internet of Things (IoT) I finally see the kind you know I look for

Odd thing to see

My general thesis is that we all use the internet and don’t know what the internet is.

This is avant-garde

it is a study of ‘the ideological force of the Internet myth’

He wants to imagine other forms of internet.

Is the internet the greatest invention of recent times? I would have to say it’s pretty high up there. For that reason we have a sense about it like it’s perfect, and we don’t really criticize it for that reason. We use it and never really wonder what it is we’re using.

Let’s go back to the beginning. This is the way one of the inventors of the internet thought of it in the 90s

By the end of the last century, the Internet and the Web seemed to be the bearers of a new era in which the integration of connectivity and digital devices would bring ‘the workings of society closer to the workings of our minds’

Has it done that? It’s typical to hear a resounding YES to that. If we remember though what Agamben said yesterday about the religion of science relying on digital technology for social transformation, we might have cause for doubt about that. Put differently, “the internet is good” only insofar as the ones who control it are good. Are they?

People seem to perceive it as a promethean invention that gives everyone independence and access to infinite information. I’m not sure if that’s true. I think people tend to be “governed” by it and live in the illusion that they aren’t. It’s believed to be a technology of freedom, and it could be the very opposite, a technology of control- even more insidiously when people believe it is a technology of freedom.

This writer distinguishes between the belief that it’s a “golden age” vs. the reality that it’s a “gold mine” for a select few individuals. It’s such an ordinary reality for us at this point that we forget that the internet does feel like a golden age, no? That’s always in the background, phenomenologically. Those gold miners are probably glad we think of it that way.

The obvious parallel is to think of the early Gutenberg press only printing brainwash. Yeah everyone can have books now. What kind of book though? Kind of defeats the purpose.

This seems like an exceptionally dangerous book so far – check it out (while you still can heh).

“You’re not supposed to read about it, you’re only supposed to use it!” Naaaah.

The only reason they let Plato be printed is because they’re so skillful at using things like the internet to capture people’s presuppositional perception so that they don’t even understand him when they do read him.

I feel “found out” when I read this

The spreading narratives of the so-called ‘Internet revolution’ professed by intellectuals, politicians and countercultural movements (Turner 2006) have been subsumed by corporate players that centralize information and economic power

Similar to the French Revolution!?

All those Internet of Things books presuppose the non-awareness of a book like this.

Not a normal thing to read

founding myths such as the digital revolution

IoT IS part of the digital revolution. Or is it a revolution, in a “fully disruptive” sense as this writer puts it?

It can’t be the end of history when most of our canonical theorists never spent much time with the greatest technology of recent times.

Reminds me of Agamben again

replace it with new apparatuses whose contours we can barely glimpse. In fact, these contours are probably not entirely clear even to those who are sketching them.

This book in question though is trailblazing

Today, the institutionalization of the Internet myth has contributed to lay the foundations of the conceptual shift from a technical object (the network as infrastructure) to an ideological reference (the network as the elective model for the organization of societies).

Preliminarily I will say that I think the basic psychological mechanism appears to be having this background faith that it’s a golden age technology while only being vaguely aware that enemies of the reigning ideology are disappeared. So what one sees on it one believes to be true, while the reality is that one is only “shown” a particular slant to the truth.

Imagine the Gutenberg press printing a book about what the Gutenberg press prints. That’s kind of what this book is.

Yes we will!

How many internet-users have smugly mentioned “narratives” and never once “the narrative of the internet”?

Watch, this is a study funded by China

… the power structures that took advantage of the Internet myth…

“Yes, put the internet into question. Perfect for us.”

There’s something eerie about this when thought in light of the bourgeois-finance interpretation of the French Revolution

Early historical accounts of the Internet were disseminated in the mid-late 1990s under the umbrella of the so-called ‘digital revolution’

Or banker-backed Bolshevik revolution for that matter.

We are easily-manipulated religious beings

the emergence of the so-called ‘digital sublime’

This is shrewd

One approaches google as it’s going to tell you the “Answer”. And there’s a similar dynamic with social media–despite the vague awareness that certain perspectives are disappeared. Ah the sublime internet of the golden age is going to tell me everything I need to know. Of course if you see one perspective promoted a thousand times and a differing perspective promoted one or zero times, which one do you think you’re going to believe is true? It’s pretty simple, their method of control. Only a strong hatred of herd-animalism will prevent you from losing yourself in that.

Look at what deadly pamphlet he brings up- I should have known

Never thought to apply it to this particular still-emergent technology.

People talk about living in a pod in the future. Unless you know how to use the internet, you are living in a pod when you use it.

Looking upon Jack’s clones with disgust, for starters. At 95% of google’s results with contempt. I don’t think many people do that, and they’re quite content with pod-life.

And the sublimity of the so-called digital revolution is an important psychological factor that makes them content with it. Liberté, égalité, fraternité! No, there’s not much of that. Unless you know where to look. It’s mostly networking bureaucrats you’ll find on the internet. Ones with a deceptive sheen, which very much implicitly draws from this “golden age” historiography.

“Oo shiny”

Yeah and that’s all it is- appearance.

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