Date archives "March 2011"

New publication: Video Vortex Reader II: moving images beyond YouTube.

The Institute of Network Cultures has announce the publication of Video Vortex Reader II: moving images beyond YouTube. You can find more info at You can order a copy of this free publication by emailing: [email protected] and download the book from their main page. One of the chapters is by our good friend Andrew… Continue reading

Symposium “Watching the Media”

Censorship, Limits and Control in Creative Practice’, which is joint-organised by Edge Hill University and the MeCCSA practice session. The symposium investigates the impact and role of censorship for media and creative practice. The symposium will take place at Edge Hill University (Ormskirk, outside of Liverpool) on the 15th April 2011.

Why the four forms of intersubjectivity need each other

Each way of life undermines itself. Individualism would mean chaos without hierarchical authority to enforce contracts and repel enemies. To get work done and settle disputes the egalitarian order needs hierarchy, too. Hierarchies, in turn, would be stagnant without the creative energy of individualism, uncohesive without the binding force of equality, unstable without the passivity… Continue reading

Open Government: Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards

Announcing a workshop on *Open Government: Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards* organized jointly by Dr Hanif. Rahemtulla, Horizon Digital Economy Research and Puneet Kishor, Science Fellow, Creative Commons, in conjunction with the annual Open Source GIS Conference, June 21, 2011, Nottingham, United Kingdom. The workshop will be held at the School of Geography/Centre… Continue reading

Degrowth in a context of infinite growth

A critique of the degrowth movement for skirting the issue that we live in a system that is predicated on infinite growth: Excerpted from John Bellamy Foster: 1. “What is known as “degrowth economics,” associated with the work of Serge Latouche in particular, emerged as a major European intellectual movement in 2008 with the historic… Continue reading

The 20th anniversary of Elinor Ostrom’s Governing the Commons

Vol 5, No 1 (2011) of the International Journal of the Commons is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Ostrom’s landmark book. Excerpted from the editorial by editors Frank van Laerhoven and Erling Berge: (the original has tables and links) “Elinor Ostrom’s Governing the Commons (Ostrom 1990) celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010. Since its… Continue reading

Should we worry about capitalist commons?

There is a particular strand of thinking, which we have featured on occasion on our blog, with authors such as Massimo de Angelis of The Commoner, Sylvia Federici and George Caffentzis of Midnight Notes, and Martin Pedersen, who particularly stress the need to be wary, and denounce, tendencies towards ‘capitalist commons’, which in there mind,… Continue reading

Chrematistics are masquerading as economics

* Book: Wendell Berry. What Matters? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth. The following excerpt, which distinguishes chrematistics, the study of individual accumulation, from oikonomia, the study of collective provisioning, is from the foreword by Herman Daly: “What do we economists have to learn from Wendell Berry? Many things, but here I will mention only two…. Continue reading