I begin to notice a fair few capitalists – eg pheed – make a bit of a noise that They will not keep YouR data. Your content will be only yours, you just let us keep it, right?
Is it not a bit like the money that is Yours and the banks let you keep it with them – err You let them keep it for you? Safe?
Made me wonder if we can think of media capitalists in analogous way to banks..
The data is virtual, like money it is valuable only so long we make it up?
More interestingly, I think, is that the banks’ Power comes via being in some control over the exchange, the mode of exchange and its values. Is it not too dissimilar to media corps that want to be used, hence be made Your exchange modes providers? The fopcus is not on the content that runs through them – but the fact it runs through. That is where most traditional hence settelements were built on places where people will have to come and exchange at.. On rivers, water holes, etc.. The value was about controlling the place for exchange.. Looks like it still is..
It is kind of early in the morning and am thinking the old Art = ? – is it a question of relevance? – how do I ask it?
Say every time you came to visit me i’d ask if you fancied a brew, to which you’d answer: tea please. In turn, i’d hog the kitchen for 5 mins and come back with a dark brew of stuff anyone you know knew would call coffee – is it an issue? is it an important issue? can it be solvable by saying that next time you’d ask for coffee, to get what anyone else might call tea?
Perhaps though, these questions are wrong in a way that the only stuff they actually relate to is that when it comes to art, the What is a false issue? (ie it is superficial if you call X stuff art or not, because we can agree that you are happy for me to call Z “art”, while i am cool with your X = Art.)
The question is different while art is What-less. Or that the What – the what is this that you call art – is inconsequential. The What art is a cracked ant, or a light switch – we can live with that. However, if indeed what Art is = a boring question. You call It coffee, I call it Tea – so long as we can establish that, we can communicate and move on – then perhaps the exciting consequences of this kind of situation are that How is Art becomes a rather more constitutive question. If not as a fact, then as a serious theoretical one?