Technology will not change politics

Just found this interview with Peter Sunde, founder of Pirate Bay.

“You can’t beat politics with new technology all the time. Sometimes you have to actually make sure that politics are in line with what people want. A lot of people are giving up on politics and thinking they can solve issues with technology. These kind of arrogant behaviours towards the rest of the society are a bit disgusting,”

“We are a community of people, we have politicians that we elect, we can demand that they do things,” he says, “but we are way too lazy to do that today”.

I couldn’t agree more. While there is a large group of people who felt unified by the Snowden leaks, I think there are quite different views on how to solve the problems that we are facing.

There those who actively seek to change policy, change how society relies towards issues of the new normal.

Than there those who stand behind the critique towards government and corporations, but already gave up on the democratic process. Their solution is driven by a world-view that a specific technology will allow them to create a space in which they can manoeuvre without intervention by governments or corporations.

I don’t agree with this premise. It is naive at best, segregationist at worst.


On Russell Brand

As many of you, I too have read Russell Brand’s excruciatingly long New Statesman piece. What are waiting rooms for, after all. It is one of those things that is constructed in a way that makes one feel comfortable with words like revolution and fills one with the sense of having done something against the establishment while in fact only reinforcing Brand’s brand.

But that’s not the largest problem I have with it.

Russell Brand is evidently an intelligent, knowledgeable person. He sees the world for what it is and is able to describe it fairly accurately. Yet, instead of using this ability to do something essential, something that doesn’t reinforces the capitalist loop he so furiously criticizes, he is using that to make himself a little bit more famous, a little bit more richer.

I find that despicable.

P.S.: Reading this Open Letter to Russell Brand triggered this post in the first place. You should read it.


Life is pretty simple

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is in the doing something else.

I found this on Kai’s Facebook page. As a photo. I googled it, because I wanted to know who said that. Apparently that quote was falsely attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci. I don’t actually know, if he said smart stuff like that, but I sure as hell know that this quote is not in any way structured like something that a Italian guy from the 16th century would say. And he didn’t. The actual source for this is Tom Peters. A business coach of some sorts. He wrote this piece on not having a corporate strategy for the Chicago Tribune. In 1994. And while his article is smirkily charismatic I don’t fully agree with it. Nor do I completely disagree. It’s one of those things that touches upon the right things without knowing why it actually is right. Anyway, the quote. It’s in the last paragraph and it’s good and it’s something to think about. Not, you know, just read, nod and forget it. It’s one of those things that can be used to reflect upon what you are doing. Try it.

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