Lecture of Manuel Castells at Oxford SO WE HAVE A MAJOR, A MAJOR POLITICAL BATTLE, AND BUSINESS BATTLE FOR THE CONTROL OF INTERNET.

Manuel Castells on Vimeo about Communication Power: Advocacy for protecting the Commons of Communication Space, from a major scientist of the networked society

This is a fundamental lecture.
Everyone interested in the future of the World should see this:

Basic points (litterally transcribed from Manuel Castells’ conclusions)

* Communication is the field of Power Making.
*Communication space has been transformed both by technology and by the restructuration (restructuring?) of Business and of the Media.
*Because of that one of the things that has happened is that the space in the networked society, the space of communication, is more pervasive than ever in History: We all live in a hypertext of Communication.
* In that space, one of the things that has happenend is to increase the possibilities of the intervention, in autonomous terms, by people, by social actors, by grassroots movements, by social movements and by insurgent politics.
*It doesn’t mean that there is freedom, it means that there are greater chances, greater possibilities.
*At the same time, because of that, business powers and political powers have understood the need to control also the horizontal networks of communication.
* Also to play the politics of the internet now has become too important and therefore we have all the attempts to senson the internet.
* We have all the attempts to use Internet users as potential hiders and cheaters.
*We have the debate of Internet neutrality because the owners of internet infrastructure are trying to appropriate the infrastructure for the servive of their clients and customers.

SO WE HAVE A MAJOR, A MAJOR POLITICAL BATTLE, AND A BUSINESS BATTLE FOR THE CONTROL OF INTERNET.

And so the most important practical conclusion of my analysis is that the autonomous construction of meaning can only proceed by preserving the commons of communication networks made possible by Internet: a free creation of freedom lovers.

This will not be an easy task, becuase the power holders in the network society must, to be in Power, enclose free communication in commercial and public networks in order to close the public mind, by programming the connection between communication and power

However, to end on a positive note: The public mind is constructed by networking individual minds, such as yours Thus: if you think difefrently, if YOU think differently, communication networks will operate differently.

ON ONE CONDITION: THAT IT IS NOT ONLY YOU, BUT I AND A MULTITUDE WHO CHOOSE TO BUILD THE NETWORKS OF OUR LIVES

 

I do believe everyone should see this video of 1h12 minutes

Clipped from: vimeo.com/7484903

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Castells’ keynote at oxford for the release of his new book, “Communication Power”
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About charlesvanderhaegen

I am a grandfather of an immensely inspiring family, thanks to the most incredible wife. To satisfy my family's needs, I was for 30 years business entrepreneur, roller coasting between success and failure. 14 years ago I was forced to stop and reflect. I dug into theory and discovered the World out there, that my involvement in Business had kept hidden to me. I feared that I will not escape remaining amidst my trans-disciplinary quest forever, bouncing back and forth from action to theory, always puzzled by Europe's apparent incapacity to free itself from its Institutional/Technological Lock-ins. My horizon opened up when Gunter Pauly, my intimate friend of 35 years, asked me to join him and take charge ZERI's development in Europe.
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