watching you

Damn, I´m not even looking for this stuff. The technology/privacy slope continues slipping, here are three recent threads on slashdot…

Every email in the UK to be monitored
Nationwide internet censorship proposed for Australia
Tool to allow ISPs to scan every file you transmit

As ever with slashdot, the comment threads are well worth reading for more information and context.

More on the Australian net censorship here – probably more interesting in the local mindless sheep following legal way.

And hey, why not, a RollingStone story on Chinese surveillance

Amazing how swiftly awesomeness could be taken away to propagate social models designed before we changed our environment with technology. But changing the environment changes us, and how we live. Marshall McLuhan is the forgotten prophet of the digital age.

I think media are so powerful they swallow cultures. I think of them as invisible environments which surround and destroy old environments. Sensitivity to problems of culture confluct and conquest become meaningless here, for media play no favourites: they conquer all cultures. One may pretend that media preserve and present the old by recording it on film and tape, but that is mere distraction, a sleight-of-hand possible when people keep their eyes focused on content.

(Actually, that quote is from Edmund Carpenter, who collaborated uncredited with McLuhan on Understanding Media).

Anyway. Feel the water warming, little froggies?

6 Responses to “watching you”

  1.   Hix
    October 20th, 2008 | 7:34 am

    So, are you going to participate in the ‘Outlaw Planet’ strand of Superstruct and try and do something about it?

  2.   Administrator
    October 20th, 2008 | 1:17 pm

    I think it is safe to say that a role playing game had not occurred to me as a potential solution.

  3.   hix
    October 20th, 2008 | 1:24 pm

    Gaming? It’s the noosphere, baby. Using the group mind to do some forecasting. Sure, you’re adopting a role – because you’re looking at how this situation might unfold.

    Anyway, semantics aside, seems to me you’ve got a lot to contribute in this area, and working with like minds might generate some interesting stuff.

  4.   Administrator
    October 20th, 2008 | 1:38 pm

    Hmm. Am having a poke around now. It does look interesting. Though I´m so far a little unclear on how it works. For anyone curious, have a look: superstruct.

    Stupid slow internet.

  5.   Pearce
    October 21st, 2008 | 6:04 pm

    Bad link. No biscuit.

  6.   Administrator
    October 22nd, 2008 | 11:05 am

    Fixed.