[Marxism] The Internet as social movement
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Tue Aug 31 08:17:12 MDT 2010
The Internet as social movement
Maybe "The Internet as expression of the new social movement" would broaden
things. This way one cannot read into the discourse a concept on a new
technology magically creating political revolution.
The Internet is here to stay, which is a blessing of the best kind. I am a
gambling man, perhaps to much. All my life has been a gamble to foil the
efforts of capital and the bourgeois state to reduce me to poverty and jail
me for one thing or another - like taking the "tag" off ones mattress or
leaving my identity documents at home during a trip to the neighborhood store.
Yet, I would bet on paper as a long term strategy, although I absolutely
love the wide spread touch screen technology and ability to access
information modern computing makes possible. In my opinion, what goes the way of the
dinosaur is large scale book publishing, old style music distribution - as
we have known it and file sharing is here to stay.
The social revolution as a qualitatively new technology regime is a real
Remember when the criminal attorney's for the bourgeois order outlawed the
production of cassette car players from having a record button in America?
This was back in the mid 1970's and many of us went to Canada to purchase a
car cassette player with the "red record button."
The criminal attorney's of the record distribution business claimed that
the ability to record music from radio in your car, would destroy the record
industry, rather than impact the distribution chain. One could record the
same music from the same radio station at home, but not in your car. In
other words, you had to record the music on a cassette at home and carry the
cassette to your car. Most of us - of the upper strata of upper strata of the
working class, purchased the music and recorded it because the cassette
tapes from the music companies was inferior to what we could produce on our
own. This was the case because the record companies felt they would make
more money buy producing an inferior cassette products, which would slow down
reproduction due to poor sound quality.
This meant everyone wanted my tapes of popular music with a crisp clean
sound. These mutherfuckers are stupid and think they can halt a technological
advance. Yes, all the girls in my generation wanted the Al Green collection
and would pay six dollars for a 90 minute tape in a market where the
average tape cost $4. (Yea, I would guarantee your tape for life, provided you
brought it back to me. Otherwise you were just getting another tape for your
girl friend. No, when most claimed they could not find the tape I did not
argue but charged the cost of the cassette, about $160 for chrome).
I hate the bourgeois order because money brings forth all these criminal
buffoons of the bourgeoisie who are always wrong on every issue.
I remember when boxes of paper sales were limited to "office supply stores"
catering to small and large business. In the next ten years most
neighborhood retail outlet will carry paper. The practical problem of downloading
Internet transmitted books upon paper is cost of ink, rather than paper.
Kodak has a new $100 printer with ink system under $10. This is still to
expensive to destroy the large book printing firms.
The revolution - pardon, the social revolution is preceding "full steam
(Full steam ahead? Yea. Full steam means continuous burn, rather than
puffs of steam in intervals. Here's a saying from the last social revolution
ushered in and book marked by the steam engine. Then, the auto industry still
uses "horse power" as a measure. "Horse power" went the way of all flesh
back in the 1930's, or rather the peak use of horses as primary energy
source in agriculture reached its nodal point in 1920's America.)
Technology does not create revolution. Technology or qualitative changes in
the means of production excites the process of social revolution to life.
Social revolution is transition from one mode of production to another.
Political revolution and most certainly insurrectionary movements are purely
affairs of the mind, heart and flesh. The flesh steps forward; the minds say
"no more" and the heart says "I can do this."
Political revolution as an aspect of social revolution may begin in the
mind of morality of combatants, but social revolution begins as qualitative
change in the means of production. If pushed into a corner, I would contend
that political revolution begins in the heart as a love story. Of mother and
all "Eve" implies. Then again, brother always said I was a "momma boy" and
I was. She taught me to dance and feel. Without her lessons I could not
feel Marx at all.
The kids - all of whom are 30 and up, shake their head at my "love" of
paper and say "dad just does not get it."
I shake my head and smile: wait until they pass 50 and get tired of looking
into the light of a screen.
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