Transforming or Eclipsing Capitalism? Thinking of ‘informational’, ‘cognitive’ and ‘transnational capitalism’ together | P2P Foundation

Unedited text published on 16th July 2012 to draw attention to an analytical link between three stream of thoughts that can increase our global understanding today’s capitalism, its transformation and/or eclipse : 

- Our intention is [was] to draw mainlines for an historical [energetic] materialist narrative of the rise of the p2p as the dynamic of true communal culture and social relationship among individuals and the peoples, We want to analyse this for each mode of production existed locally and nationaly, as well as for those now being transnationalised and globalised. In that way drawing a line between ‘cognitive’, ínformational’ and ‘transnational’ capitalism theories. We wish to explore empirically how was p2p relational dynamics spreading and transforming productive forces (from primarily force society itself to other means of production) and capitalist social relations of production, so that it has brought about a possibility of truly communal culture and social relations and survelliance, exploitation and control capacities simulateniously as the first time at the global scale….”

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Against Divisiveness: Digital  Workers of the World Unite!  A Rejoinder to César Bolaño by Christian Fuchs

Abstract

This piece is a short rejoinder to César Bolaño’s paper The Political Economy of the Internet and related articles (e.g., Comor, Foley, Huws, Reveley, Rigi and Prey, Robinson) that center around the relevance of Marx’s labor theory of value for understanding social media. I argue that Dallas Smythe’s assessment of advertising was made to distinguish his approach from the one by Baran and Sweezy. Smythe developed the idea of capital’s exploitation of the audience at a time when both feminist and anti-imperialist Marxists challenged the orthodox idea that only white  factory workers are exploited. The crucial question is how to conceptualize productive labor. This is a theoretical, normative, and political question. A mathematical example shows the importance of the “crowdsourcing” of value-production on Facebook. I also point out parallels of the contemporary debate to the Soviet question of who is a productive or unproductive worker in the Material Product System.

Keywords: Social media, Internet, digital labor, Karl Marx, Dallas Smythe, labor theory of value

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The Co-Workers and Co-Working-Spaces of the World Uniting?

Welcome to the Coworking Wiki! 

http://wiki.coworking.org/w/page/16583831/FrontPage

If you are a coworker, space owner, or coworking enthusiast, this site belongs to you. You can request editing privileges with a sentence or two about why you’re interested in coworking. If you’re just visiting or here to learn more, there is a lot of information available for space owners, catalysts, and coworkers.

 International Coworking Week was August 2 – 9 2014, and we celebrated all over the world.  

 come check out our stories, and add your own!!

Please note: it may take us a few days to grant editing privileges after receiving your request. There are help pages available if you are having trouble making a change or uploading content. 

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Debating the Global Working Class, Seminar, Friday 17th October, University of Hertfordshire,

Conference of Socialist Economists

CSE South, Capital & Class 

Co-hosted by the Global Economy and Business research Unit, Business School, University of Hertfordshire

Friday 17th October 

University of Hertfordshire, 

de Havilland site, Room N003 

14.00-17.30

 

PDF: file:///C:/Users/orsan_000/Downloads/Herts%20CSE%20event%20Hardy%202014.pdf

Marcel van der Linden (University of Amsterdam)

‘The Global Working Class: Decline or Revival’. 

Jenny Chan, University of Oxford

‘Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and China’s New Working Class’

Everybody is welcome to attend the seminar at 14.00. If you would like to join us for lunch beforehand at 13.00 you are welcome, but please register with Jane Hardy (j [dot] a [dot] hardy [at] herts [dot] ac [dot] uk). Please see websites for details of travel and locationhttp://www.herts.ac.uk/contact-us/where-to-find-us/de-havilland-maps-and-directions

 

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Freelancers’ Movement – http://freelancersmovement.org/

Independents Unite! – Preview Edition Now Available

The preview edition of Independents Unite! Inside the Freelancers’ Rights Movement is now available for download. This preview edition includes five chapters. Further chapters will be released in future editions of the book.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Around the world, independent workers are getting organized. No longer an ignorable minority in society, freelancers are waking up to the potential power within their growing number. They are combining through online communities, campaign groups, incorporated associations and even proto-unions to exert influence over their conditions.

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Post ECC 2013 session: From here to there. Moving forward. | ECC 2013 – Communication Platform

I. Constructing an identity of the commons movement

The Hegelian distinction between the thing-in-itself and, the thing-conscious-of-itself turned out the be our starting point. This distinction also applies to (social/political) movements. Hence, there is a need to consciously carve out the core identity of a commons movement (a crucial task before approaching other movements). Given that ECC participants are not the commons movement (see endnote), we can’t simply „declare“ or „construct“ this identity; we can only support its evolution by serving as a platform enabling all parts of the movement to become visible to each other and to the whole.

Respecting diversity is a key principle in the co-construction of a commons-identity (remember: there is no blueprint, nor panacea!). That is, the commons/p2p movement is held together by weak ties among a diversity of actors. The movement is indeed an ecology of different degrees and forms of commitment, sensitivities and ways of approaching the commons. Hence, a core identity of the commons ‘movement’ must be ‘strategically ambiguous enough’ so as to accommodate this enormous variety and to foster the crystallization of the commons.

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For the Win – Cyber Revolution NoveliFesto – by Cory Doctorow

…She tells her that they are trying to recruit and organize game-workers all over the world into the IWWWW (Industrial Workers of the World Wide Web, a pun on IWW). The members of the IWWWW call themselves “Webblies”, which is again a pun on Wobblies and the web…

via For the Win – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

1 Plot1.1 Part 1: The gamers and their games, the workers at their work1.2 Part 2: Hard work at play1.3 Part 3: Ponzi2 Reception3 See also4 References5 External links

 

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The Teatro Valle Occupation Ends — and a New Theater Commons Begins

The proposed privatization of the grand public theater in Rome, Teatro Valle, has been defeated – but perhaps more importantly, the historic three-year occupation of the building has succeeded in achieving many of its primary goals, including the recognition of its demands to establish a new theater commons, after weeks of contentious negotiations.

The struggle was noteworthy because it pitted municipal authorities in Rome, whose austerity policies had resulted in severe cutbacks at the theater, against self-identified commoners who want to run the historic theater in far more open, participatory and innovative ways.  At stake was not just the continuance of performances at Teatro Valle, but the governance, management practices, purpose and character of the theater.  Shall it be a “public good” managed by the city government, often to the detriment of the public interest, or a commons in which ordinary people can instigate their own ideas and propose their own rules?

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