[-empyre-] the netopticon
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Jan 13 04:30:55 EST 2011
Hi Christina & all,
I wanted to get back to your original post where you include news and
stories referencing/linking to different happenings seen on the
Internet, and through social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
>There was a story about a Simone Beck, aged 42, who
>posted a suicide note on her Facebook wall and "none
>of her friends responded".
At this point I think it would be useful to refer to various groups and
individuals who have been critiquing human relationships with networked
technology. It was Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) who in 1995 said "Each
one of us has files that rest at the state’s fingertips. Education
files, medical files, employment files, financial files, communication
files, travel files, and for some, criminal files. Each strand in the
trajectory of each person’s life is recorded and maintained. The total
collection of records on an individual is his or her data body - a
state-and-corporate-controlled doppelganger. What is most unfortunate
about this development is that the data body not only claims to have
ontological privilege, but actually has it. What your data body says
about you is more real than what you say about yourself. The data body
is the body by which you are judged in society, and the body which
dictates your status in the world. What we are witnessing at this point
in time is the triumph of representation over being. The electronic file
has conquered self-aware consciousness." The Mythology of Terrorism on
the Net. Critical Art Ensemble. Summer 95.
So, we can consider 'data body', was an earlier term, a form of
recognition by artists concerning what has recently been mentioned here
as the 'Netopticon'. This is where we (may) fall into the conception of
believing the spectacle of ourselves, or rather we add content about
ourselves to the Netopticon, data body versions of ourselves for others
(who ever this is) to view. Just like our experience in receiving
televisual examples of peer civilians, representations of people's
everyday lives are distorted through frameworks spitting back out at us,
the lowest common denominator. Everybody is in danger of watching
everybody else, as other more important bigger issues occur, and we what
we could all be really experiencing; is a manipulated interface, a
gatekeeping facility which dictates the behaviour of many, via its
defaults. Through these interfaces (on the whole) we could just end up
watching ourselves and each other, enacting a form of mutual
surveillance. Endlessly interacting and interacting, but not
perceptively understanding or developing much more than feeding data
collections like cows munching in a field. We eat the world as it eats us.
Will get back to you in response to your other texts later.
Wishing you well.
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