Hyperreality or cyberspace – real social media experts (philosophers) (essay from @andragy)

“Baudrillard’s hyperreality is not a map at all, but a participative process that may shape us, or may allow us to shape our surroundings. There is no other controller. Governance is our own hands but is set to mass agendas. The cybernetic loop has closed on postcapitalist society and cyberspace.”

This is dense, but well worth the read. This is also fascinating material to consider in greater depth. It provides a perspective well beyond the technological utopian view that pervades so very much of our industry.

(I also love the perspective of our society as a cybernetic loop — it fits very well with the dynamics of the IT industry, and provides an interesting counter-perspective on notions of ‘the singularity‘, suggesting that many elements of ‘merging with the machine’ are already at hand.)

Brian Arthur’s redomaining as a way to think about "cloud"? Same task – new toolkit. Review to come.


“Innovations in history may often be improvements in a given technology – a better way to architect domes, a more efficient steam engine. But the significant ones are new domainings. They are the expressing of a given purpose in a different set of components, as when the provision of power changed from being exprssed in waterwheel technology to being expressed in steam technology.”

Brian Arthur, The Nature of Technology, 2009


If you seek the underlying patterns as I do, this is a fascinating meditation, theory, or indeed philosophy of technology. Stay tuned for an in depth review.