[iDC] Michael Jackson and the death of macrofame

Stephen Downes stephen at downes.ca
Mon Jul 6 19:20:08 UTC 2009


So long as there are power laws, there will be macro-celebrities.


Should the network reshape into a mesh, we will see a decline of 


Traditional publishers and their ilk are working very hard to preserve 
the centralized tree-shaped network, because this is how they make their 
money. It comes, for the rest of us, at the cost of our voice. Others of 
us are working to evolve beyond centralized content management. 

-- Stephen

Dean, Jodi wrote:
> It seems to me that thinking about the ways that neoliberalization and financialization have changed capitalism since Marx's initial analysis is important.
> Didn't Kevin Kelly talk about the winner take all society? or the change in market practices such that there are a very few big winners and a large number of 
> losers (80/20 rule?)? I think I recall as well sociological analyses (Sassen?) exploring the way that former divisions between occupations/professions are now
> divisions within them--so, there are high-powered lawyers and then lawyers who are basically piece-workers as well as those who are just mini-cogs in law
> factories. The same holds in academia--tenured full professors at one end, adjuncts struggling to teach 6-7 courses in order to make a living at the other end.
> I think it is useful to think today in terms of the production of debt--the US economy doesn't produce much stuff anymore (we import it); but we do produce
> (sell/export/commodify) debt. Stuff (that we get from elsewhere) is the vehicle/raw material for the initial production of debts that can then be combined,
> bundled, tranched, valued, sold, insured. Some companies that get involved in this fail. Some are too big to fail. Some individuals successfully produce a 
> great deal of debt (Michael Jackson), some produce smaller amounts, although this may still incase them in servitude.
> Does it make sense today to speak of right-wing or bourgeois consciousness? What about ideology and ideological practices in which we all persist (I know, but
> nevertheles...ala Zizek rather than the older notion that implies a division between ideology and science or true and false consciousness)? 

Stephen Downes  ~  Researcher  ~  National Research Council Canada
http://www.downes.ca  ~  stephen at downes.ca        ** Free Learning

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