Ben Millen » iPhone Deconstruction

Ben Millen » iPhone DeconstructionIn researching the iPhone as a part of Critical Wayfinding, the analysis of the device, the corporation, the vast network of shareholders, technology and the distribution infrastructure that surrounds it yielded an overwhelming amount of information. In an attempt to organize this information into a format that is engaging and reflective of the wayfinding foundations of the project, two large conceptual diagrams in the style of Harry Beck’s London Underground diagram were produced.
These are not maps in any conventional sense, but rather diagramatic representations of the interconnected space of technology, capital, instrumental value, exchange value, social and environmental impact that surround the device. The first diagram focuses primarily on the physical device, and the existence of the device as an object in our world. The second examines the placement of the device with respect to the individual and society.

Colectivismo global: el nuevo socialismo

The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming OnlineBill Gates once derided open source advocates with the worst epithet a capitalist can muster. These folks, he said, were a “new modern-day sort of communists,” a malevolent force bent on destroying the monopolistic incentive that helps support the American dream. Gates was wrong: Open source zealots are more likely to be libertarians than commie pinkos. Yet there is some truth to his allegation. The frantic global rush to connect everyone to everyone, all the time, is quietly giving rise to a revised version of socialism.

El Otro/otro en el Ciberespacio

Se suponía que el ciberespacio nos reuniría en una aldea global; sin embargo, lo que ocurre efectivamente es que estamos bombardeados por la multitud de mensajes que pertenecen a universos incoherentes e incompatibles; en lugar de la aldea global, el gran Otro, nos encontramos ante la multitud de “pequeños otros”, de identificaciones tribales particulares puestas a nuestra elección

Slavoj Zizek — Matrix o los dos aspectos de la perversión
(en La suspensión política de la ética, p. 157)