wade tillett on Thu, 28 Jun 2001 23:33:49 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Echelon, privacy and property

the problem of privacy is not that there is something private to hide.
the problem stems from the fact that a person is expected, encouraged,
and even forced to conform in the future with the image extracted from
them in the past. the map becomes the plan. from criminal records to
medical records to bank accounts to photographs to grocery store
discount cards, the user is subject to the image projected. the user
is displaced by his image, by his communication.

in order for the commodification of the individual as communication to
work as an economy, the individual must imitate his commodification.

politicians, pop stars, etc. being the extreme of this. and these
'icons' thus must change their commodified identity (image) enough so
as to keep interest, but not too much or the accumulated 'interest'
will be lost. that is, the public economy of communication involves
not only being held to an image of your past as a predictable subject,
but the duty to *produce* new images/commodities on top of this image
for present and future consumption.

there is nothing to hide if we are not to be held to our image. but
such a relation undermines the economy, both the financial and moral
economy, by destroying enforcement of 'responsibility.'

----- Original Message -----
From: Sean Cubitt <seanc@waikato.ac.nz>
To: <nettime-l@bbs.thing.net>
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 9:33 PM
Subject: <nettime> Echelon, privacy and property

> Who wants to retain privacy?. Mainly wife-beaters, child-abusers and
> tax-evaders. Most of us have nothing to lose but our privacy -- the
> compulsory hoarding of data in the form of private property and
> thoughts. But a private thought is no thought at all, like a poem
left in a
> drawer is no poem.

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