(Net)working class heroes


“By placing intelligence at the edges rather than control in the middle of the network, the Internet has created a platform for innovation.”Vinton Cerf, chief internet evangelist, Google.

The concept of class struggle developed by Karl Marx between proletariat (working class) and bourgeoisie (capitalists). Owners of the means of production.  

Marx believed that this antagonism would lead to a revolution leading through communism after a transition phase called “dictatorship of the proletariat”

The French futurist, Joel de Rosnay describes a new form of class struggles between infocapitalists and the ProNetariat. Infocapitalists (aka Mass Medias) organize scarcity of the information and try to force the use of their channels. They now have to face the ProNetariat (made of blog, vlogs, wiki users) who organizes a massive and collaborative production of information.  Consolidation after consolidation of the media groups, consumer lost face in their information broker. Infocapitalists face a confidence crisis (49% of Americans regard their traditional medias as highly professional versus 72% in 1985. This is mainly due to concentrations and suspected collusions between the media and the political elite) combined with the emergence of interactive information, narrowcasting and social networking websites, broadband and web technologies growth, folksonomy and coregulation. Besides a pure technological reality, a collective consciousness raised in parallel.

This analysis is not new. Far from it, even… but I really like the analogy with Marxist utopia. But, without the painful transition period. So far, the offensive of the infocapitalists couldn’t stop the movement of history. The collective intelligence of the internet users overpowers the centralized intelligence of the media elite. But the ProNetariat won a battle, not the war.

The war for net neutrality continues.

Credit: I found this video thanks to David’s blog http://blog.theafter.be/


One Response to “(Net)working class heroes”

  1. The unwritten chapter « Bad idea, indeed Says:

    […] unwritten chapter I mentionned earlier this week what Joel de Rosnay wrote about the ProNetariat. The approach of de Rosnay is very politic, […]

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