Monday started off really badly cos I had an emergency and ended up skipping printmaking D: D: D: even though I recommend skipping classes to people, I never skip classes I like (it sounds really commonsense, but you won’t believe how many compulsory classes they make you take) Actually my rule is – if I can learn more/benefit more from not being in the class, I will definitely skip it.
Anyway as I was running off for OSDA meeting guess who I ran into on the train?? Ken Wark! and I was really like “ah!!! kore wa destiny?!” moment and even though it was only a 1-stop duration I was like omg can I meet you sometime this week for thesis??? and he said yes and I was pretty happy. I know he doesn’t really do much game studies per se anymore, but he was a huge inspiration when I was an undergrad and I still value his opinion highly (especially since I draw a lot of influences from him)
For writing&research we had Bob Bellerue come in and talk to us, and a drawing exercise where we’re supposed to talk and write about thesis. idk… I think maybe it’s a side-effect of being mostly a lifeform online, but I find it really hard to talk about anything seriously physically and I find it easier to structure arguements/clarity when typing … I guess it’s like a variation of the lawyer-speak of ‘to-writ’. Anyway I had fun drawing, and I drew my limited express train to utopia!! and how DT is really an aquarium!! and I also drew John Drew (hahahaha drew Drew! /badpun) as a crab with his arms crossed lolololol it’s very therapeutic, regardless.
Afterwards I went with a bunch of people for The Rise of Peer Progressive talk with Steven Johnson, Beth Noveck, Tina Rosenberg and Clay Shirky. (actually out of the lot I only recognised Shirky, but anyway…) Here’s my notes from the talk:
peer progressive as a new political philosophy
1st speaker (steven)
emergence->decentralised systems; wrote in 99
self-organising systems for war? for peace?
1. social architecture; coherent enough to talk as a single entity i.e. institutionà bureaucracy?
2. collaborative network; peer production i.e. govt did the jumpstart but the organisation is done through peer; collective way (examples have been made that collective/commons works. role model to decentralised peer production)
3. kickstarter = crowdsourced arts funding (serious?) —> totally stupid c/f funded vs delivered stats
4. participatory budget by brazil –> doesn’t require technology for peer networks to function –> engaged cos what they want is built; make real effect 311 system
5. peer production has no political affiliation – non partisan; believe in open not left or right
adjacent possible → create stubs (flagging ground) (minesweeper?) → opensource??? overused
2nd speaker (tina roosevelt)
big fan of steven Johnson; peer network contribute to the development of social norms vs ideas
1. credibility >>>> information – who you trust
2. teen smoking in 97 was astronomically high; no one knows what works
in 2000 malcom gave up
in florida ad agency won lawsuit against cigarette smoking; sat down to analyse
christian porter: ‘same rebellious satisfaction without using symbol of cigarette’
teen smoking summit → ‘we’re smarter than you, fuck off’ + pranking
by 2007 dropped by half
american legacy took the campaign, made it national ; cut by half
teens thought they (the ads) came from other teens (a type of peer pressure)
3. facebook revolution is a failure. revolutions did not know what to do once on the street; (offline vs online knowledge) —-> kinda like the whole making/thinking/concepting/doing debate happening around DT
4. people don’t need information, they need motivation → make a party that everyone wanted to go out. prankings; using danger to make a ‘hook’. facebook = efficient way to commuicate, made it known it was a large force. why people went to tahir sq? cos it was the place to go, the peer pressure… have their friends with them i.e. military unit cohesion
open govt/open business
city without jews; mobilising movements against leftwing marxist and right facisit
non partisan; NEVER MENTIONS GOVT IN BOOK — begin a convo about P2P more effective
how is this progressive is translated?
careful between hierarchy → need hierarchy to organise decentralised network? (fluid hierarchy) distributed response to crisis; structure and organisingkickstarter is not a replacement – ian bogost idea that kickstarter is a spectator reality tv game
kickstarter is a lot like facebook → gets you money and crowd approval, but not fabrication c/f kickstarter data successfully funded vs successfully delivered; kickstarter gets talked about too fucking much as a solution to end all be all; is not a replacement are they fucking kidding me.
BACKED UP BY LAW (derp) some things have no law for; c/f the 16 year old twitter chick from illonois
clay shirky (3rd speaker)
tools vs people; communication tool-agency (in every other area)
increases the radius of the possible (what happens)
internet makes you see what other people think (but only selectively? bubbling dude!!!)
scientific journal –> peer review → creating social norms; took a tool (printing press) and applied social norms that allowed for it to be harnessed for
coordinated syndicated tools for communication; peer networks on phone; helped do organisation
github → massive distributed and develop it and fork it; collab. shared text doc /// interestingly this was talked about during the gamelab symposium with 22cans developer too —-> compare to that NYU guy, accessibility is not everything???
utopia as import export business
positive externalities ie a world without scammers is a world without trust therefore having some fraud is a positive externality (sounds like dad’s idea of effective corruption)
need stories about mass collaborations, master narratives – they don’t make for good stories; need myths to animate and inspire us — simplify the stories to create myths (wwz)
I’m sorry, too tired to organise it properly. Some of the notes are what they speaker said, most of them (especially the swear-y ones) are my reactions to what they said. Anyway during the Q/A I was like: ‘what the hell, nothing to lose’ so I went up and uhhhhhhhhhhh kinda told them exactly what I thought. (At first it was ‘I have a question’… then it became ‘actually I don’t have a question, I disagree with you.’ OOPS 😡 😡 😡 sometimes I just say stuff )
And then afterwards some people went to look for me (apparently they thought I made good questions..) and I got some cool new contacts!!! One of them is Paul Garrin who is like zomg awesome cant believe—- he actually makes internet architecture and knows about data centers and everything!! and there was a bunch of other people too; like the mathematician dude from NYC council and the media advising lady was really nice (‘we’re going to be BFFs! she said, and asked me for coffee) I pitched my thesis idea to her and him (the media advisor and Paul Garrin since they came together) and they really liked it — she’s another one of the ‘grew up on the ‘nets’ type and totally understood what I met by categorical randomness the moment I said : ‘WEBRINGS!” cos she remembered them too *___* hearts in my eyes sfm. they were really nice people *____* I like them a lot!!!
Overall I think it was pretty interesting. I didn’t really agree much with the talk, I felt that it was both too political (pretension of academia covering what is a democratic/leftwing speak partisanship) and also too outdated (as in, the internet is not your personal political army – bipartisanship or P2P or not. what you describe as ‘progressive’ can also protect organisations/net-boards full of CP. you forget the chaotic, non-national, post-geographical element which is the ‘nets.)
but whatever… I got good contacts!! *AND* I got to eat dumplings and noodles for dinner at canal street yay!