Jon Lebkowsky: Clay Shirky on SOPA as Keeping Us Passive Not Producing and Not Sharing

Clay Shirky has the best overview I’ve seen/heard/read of PIPA and SOPA and the context from whence they emerged; the bottom line: the legilsation’s about wanting us to be passive consumers, not producing and not sharing. Phi Beta Iota:  To this we would add it is also about a criminally negligent and corrupt Congress exercising …

Jon Lebkowsky: Gothic High-Tech by Bruce Sterling

Publication Date: January 31, 2012 THE FUTURE IS A KIND OF HISTORY THAT HASN’T HAPPENED YET “He’s the legendary Cyberpunk Guru. He roams our postmodern planet, from the polychrome tinsel of Los Angeles to the chicken-fried cyberculture of Austin… From the heretical Communist slums of gritty Belgrade to the Gothic industrial castles of artsy Torino… …

Jon Lebkowsky: Adriana Lukas – how to avoid hierarchies – the five laws of heterarchy

Adriana discusses her thinking about heterarchy, including initial thoughts about five laws of heterarchy. A heterarchy is a system of organization replete with overlap, multiplicity, mixed ascendancy, and/or divergent-but-coexistent patterns of relation. Definitions of the term vary among the disciplines: in social and information sciences, heterarchies are networks of elements in which each element shares …