Clay Richards, anarchist blogger, writes about politics, art, sexuality and emerging digital realities. More poststructuralist than postmodern, politically incorrect to some, harshly critical to others, the Postmodern Anarchist believes in anarchy without anarchists, yet will freely discuss anarchism at the drop of a hat. Contact: postmodernanarchist(at)netweed(dot)com
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Fascism is Fun
From USA TODAY:
Thumbs pay at some stores
Bio-chip implant arrives for cashless transactions
From RFID Journal:
The Real Scandal - The industry fights back!
The question of whether these games are worlds or services or something else has been a point of discussion at Terra Nova. While the various philosophical arguments on these and related issues ensue, they really are mostly pointless except to those who participate in them. The comments related to legal issues are most relevant, because the courts are where most of such philosophical questions will be resolved. I find it disturbing that Dan Hunter thinks that many of his colleagues would argue against the relevance of participatory democracy in online settings.
My own perspective as an anarchist, is that whoever is affected directly by things should have input into those things. While that perspective would get more complex as one got into specifics, it does entail the belief that an institution or service that involves large numbers of people should ultimately involve the decision making of those people. I say this is a belief because I don't believe in rights as a natural phenomenon. Rights are something we make happen and they can disappear all too easily, natural or not.
One of the problems with future legal decisions regarding online worlds is that they will be based on legal perspectives established in less than fully democratic societies, since participatory democracy exists nowhere at a state level. Which raises the point made by a friend, that it's time to create an open source virtual world in which to build an online anarchist society. If that's happening and your collective agreements don't currently require secrecy, please let me know. I'm interested and so are many others.
PS - My use of the term anarchy bears little resemblance to that of Anarchy Online or Evercrack in its bloodier moments.
Wired News recently did a story on ibiblio, a groovy open access project out of North Carolina at UNC.
Boycott highlights Open Access alternatives
November 17 - Open Access Now
A crisis on campus
November 17 - Information Today
Cornell and Other University Libraries to Cancel Elsevier Titles
November 11 - John Baez
What We Can Do About Science Journals
October 31 - Santa Cruz Sentinel
UCSC faculty threatens to boycott publisher
October 27 - San Francisco Chronicle
Bay Area leads revolt against scientific journals
October 23 - The Scientist
Researchers boycott Cell Press
October 21 - Reprint from the Chronicle of Higher Education
Scientists at U. of California at San Francisco Push for Boycott Against 6 Biology Journals
October 14/17/20 - Boycott of Cell Press Journals
Cell Press Boycott Letter Exchange
October 8 - UCSC Senate
UCSC Committee on the Library Resolution
I was introduced to this issue and first gathered links through Open Access News. Peter Suber and associates post daily on a wide range of topics related to open access publishing.
Blog Update - A Non-sectarian Anarchist's Views is now Anarchy Xero with a new URL.
The introduction of intellectual property rights for player created property in a commercial virtual world has just been announced by Second Life at The State of Play conference.
RFID chips have been publicized by businesses that want to use them as an innocuous form of inventory tracking and control. Their innocence supposedly lies in the limits of the technology and the fact that they can only be tracked at close range. However, with the amazing leaps that can occur in the development of such technologies, these limits are hardly comforting. If you're concerned about such issues, CASPIAN has set up a new site, Stop RFID.
CASPIAN is an interesting project for various reasons and they are addressing important issues, but they are pursuing a confusing Internet strategy that involves starting new websites for each campaign, often related to the same issue. So they also are responsible for Boycott Bennetton, a campaign against RFID chips at Bennetton stores, and Boycott Gillette, same technology, different company. Typically such single campaign sites are used when multiple groups form a coalition or for a major ongoing campaign. These proliferating sites, all from the same group, mostly on the same issue, make it difficult to follow what is basically an interconnected campaign.
I also find it rather odd that they use stoprfid.com, stoprfid.org and spychips.com for the same site, an approach primarily employed by disreputable marketers seeking to spam the search engines. It's all rather confusing, especially since there doesn't seem to be a links list at their first site to all the others.
The NY Times recently reported on new developments in human trafficking along the border of the U.S. and Mexico.
Jessica Lynch: Military Used Me
Ex-POWs' treatment seems unfair to many
Miss Afghanistan could be charged over beauty pageant
Get Your War On
My interest in education ranges far beyond the typical institutions one may envision when discussing education. While I've been drawn more to alternative educational projects, it's important to recognize that oppressive forces have their own forms of education, and I don't just mean Harvard.
When logging on to Blogger, I always check out who's posted recently. Often I check out the blogs with provocative titles, like Nymphomania or Narcolepsy?. Like a surprising number of blogs with sexually oriented titles, this one is written by a young American woman. However, unlike most such blogs I've checked out, this blogger is developing a personal voice that excels when describing her visits to a local coffeehouse or her theatrical outbursts at parties. More focused is her collaboration with a friend called Modern Art Failure. Quite interesting and well done. These two blogs remind me that I don't write about sex or art nearly enough in this blog.