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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.