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AKA-AKI.

What kinda name’s that? Man, it not unlikely that I would kill people for participating in social networks but I surely kill them him if they participate in a network named AKA AKI. I mean, well, the idea of bringing social networks to cells is already a bit orwellesque but why name it after… an ELK?

The concept of a network that enables people to know what I’m listening to on my iPod, despite my anticipatory use of noise-reducing earphones, may appeal to social degenerated control-freaks with the idea that you have to know what someone thinks to talk with him. I mean I’m paranoid, yes, and if I’m not I will become so if people start using such networks – especially people I happen to know.

with a normal data rate you can send something about 500 aka-aki messages to the price of one SMS. Which is, we suppose, funny.

Ah. Well. I suppose it ain’t funny. Not at all. Especially if the people using it are approximately two meters tall and tend to cut their hair frantically short. Nope. That ain’t funny. And their ‘jokes’ about elks ain’t funny, too. Elks are bigger as cows. Ha ha. Elks don’t use social networks – at least those who have antlers.

And of course all those quotes about the possibilities such networks can open are quite elaborate. There may even lie some truth in it. But I’m still not sure if I want those possibilities. And I’m not just conservative. And I’m certainly not getting old.
Certainly those possibilities ARE gorgeous. Think of a demonstration, the cops getting kinda hard and you’re able to control and communicate with a whole network of activists – and all this just with with some clicks on your cell’s keys. Or about new forms of getting organized: social and psychological barriers are lowered and participation would get easier. You’d have access to loads of potential sympathizers which you could spam with information.
If you hear the obligatory but coming… well, here it is:

It doesn’t matter. For Social networks reproduce the society they are based on. And if it’s a fairly unpolitical one the network will be, too. The ‘student’s movement’ against tuition fees WAS fairly political – students are the perfect soil for a political movement: they are usually pretty well educated, at least supposed to learn how to access sophisticated ideas and despite many contrary pretenses they have enough spare time to engage in political or social movements.
But they didn’t – even though a new study revealed that nearly two thirds are against tuition fees. Even though paying money and having less is the most usual reason for people to take the streets. As a matter of fact, ‘StudiVZ’ – in this respect the most promising social network with over 500.000 users (about quarter of all students enrolled ind the FDR) – didn’t activate them. And there were multiple attempts, vast ‘groups’ with people against tuition fees – but ideas and organizations for even a virtual demo never passed the state of a plan.

Social networks change nothing in this worlds social or political reality – in dictatorships they can be an additional way to spread information – in democracies they are just a way to find new friends or someone who at least could be called so.

Plus: social networks not only can be controlled – they are always controlled. By money, economic interest, or political aims. Rupert Murdoch bought Myspace for the same reasons which caused him to establish the Fox news channel – which were not not merely for economic aims.

On the other end of a network there’s always someone who pulls the strings. And the more sophisticated and the easier the access to that networks becomes the more powerful it will prove as a weapon not of censorship – but of unnoticed control.

via Elektrischer Reporter

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10 comments on “AKA-AKI.

  1. fred
    30/06/2007

    you shouldnt try to speak english. aber du solltest stattdessen versuchen auf den punkt zu kommen. aber ehrlich, dein englisch ist grausam. und so viel mehr leser kriegst du dadurch glaube ich auch nicht. vor allen dingen bei solchen artikeln.

  2. chéggy
    30/06/2007

    Shouldn’t I? Well, I won’t go so far to call it ‘grausam’ but I know that my English ain’t very good. But not practicing it wouldn’t make it better, wouldn’t it?

    In fact this blog breaks a bit with the fundamental rules of blogging: it’s not just a blog to gain publicity. It’s more a way of practicing my language skills. Each time I post an article I suspect that I will find dozens of horrible mistakes which I will only notice twenty-four hours later. In some ways it’s just a form of checking myself.

    On the other hand I need to write about something substantial and the idea of burning it afterwards never appealed to me. So I blog it.
    It doesn’t do any harm to anyone and it may do some good for me – so, where’s the problem?

  3. fred
    01/07/2007

    das problem ist dass du nicht begreifst was du schreibst. bzw über was du schreibst. dein artikel ist scheisse. dein punkt ist sinnlos.
    quote: “Ah. Well. I suppose it ain’t funny. Not at all. Especially if the people using it are approximately two meters tall and tend to cut their hair frantically short. Nope. That ain’t funny. And their ‘jokes’ about elks ain’t funny, too. Elks are bigger as cows. Ha ha. Elks don’t use social networks – at least those who have antlers.”

    was soll das sein? polemik? meine güte, das ist wirklich schlimm.

    “Certainly those possibilities ARE gorgeous. Think of a demonstration, the cops getting kinda hard and you’re able to control and communicate with a whole network of activists – and all this just with with some clicks on your cell’s keys.”

    das erklärt natürlich so einiges. soziales netzwerken um zu kontrollieren und zu kommunizieren wenn die cops kinda hard werden. wozu auch sonst. derbe idee. und auch bestimmt ein umfassendes super nutzenversprechen.
    abgesehen davon ist es natürlich rupert murdoch, zusammen mit dem bösen, wenn nicht sogar jüdischen oder amerikanischen börsenungeziefer, der alle unsere köpfe kontrollieren will. logisch. um dann zusammen mit der legion of doom jesus zu töten.
    und was sich sozial durch soziale netzwerke ändert ist natürlich nicht der rede wert, wie du dank empirischer forschung rausbekommen hast.
    trotz blog und alles voll locker und so sollte man doch bei öffentlichem sendungsbewusstsein nicht vernachlässigen den anschein von recherche und information zu erwecken.
    aber bei den vermeintlich linken aktivisten reicht es wohl aus, das ganze mit abstrusen politischen forderungen zu versehen, wie zum beispiel die studentische revolution durch studivz aufgrund von studiengebühren. geh doch mal in die hochschulen und erkundige dich, aus welchen gründen studiengebühren erhoben werden, und welche studenten genug zeit übrig haben um sich um solche dinge zu kümmern. das dürften nämlich genau die sein, wegen denen studiengebühren eingeführt werden. im 16. semester soziologie könnte ich mir auch nichts interressanteres vorstellen, als gegen die bezahlung von regelstudienzeitüberschreitung zu protestieren.

  4. calamityjane
    01/07/2007

    Nix is billiger als sich über etwas zu mokieren, was man selber besser zu können glaubt.
    Das Thema selbst interessiert mich nicht, allerdings fällt mir auf: Weswegen schreibst Du Deine wirklich vielen Zeilen in Deutsch?
    Wir wollen doch alle was lernen…

  5. chéggy
    03/07/2007

    @fred: Oh OK. I got it. It seems like I pushed some kind of alarm-button right in your brain, mh?
    Of course this text is polemic! (it’s categorized under that section, btw). If I’d had the desire to post a differentiated text about social networks I would have done. But I didn’t: and not a single word was intended to be meant as bloody serious as you chose to take it.
    However, I must admit… I’m not very keen on continuing a discussion on how engaged Germany’s academic class actually is in respect to the matter of tuition fees.
    What I’d like to state instead is that issues such as deep and well-founded research naturally are a crucial part of journalistic work. And if I had intended to write an entry on Robert Murdoch I would have done some. Nonetheless, I hadn’t.
    Maybe it’s you who was desperately searching for such content but momentarily I’m not gonna post such stuff. I simply don’t have enough time. And I surely gain no further delight in justifying myself.

  6. chéggy
    03/07/2007

    @calamityjane: thanks :o)

  7. fred
    03/07/2007

    dann kann ich ja auch polemisch antworten. und dass wir hier in der schule sind, hätte ich auch früher merken müssen. ausserdem heisst der herr rupert und nicht robert. nix für ungut, aber ich finde deinen artikel richtig scheisse. aber kann ja nur besser werden.

  8. chéggy
    03/07/2007

    Sorry. Rupert.
    I realized that you’re not very fond of my article – about 150 lines above. But what else?

    Oh, one question Mr: where did you get that notion of school?

  9. fred
    04/07/2007

    ha. lies dir doch deinen artikel durch. älter als 16 ist hier wohl niemand.

  10. polacco
    04/07/2007

    the main imortantly stuff is: he have tried. maybe he (probably he) only write senceless blabber. but then again, whose gonna read this (cant’ belive i did). on the www everybody have the right to there own little corner.

    you know fred, at least he excersises his english. who can also become only more good.

    greetz from east,
    polacco

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