“The war on global warming is a war on consumerism”. ‘The Coalition of the Willing’ video summarized the idea and essence of this week’s readings. Collaboration. With Web 2.0, social networking and the culture shift of the 21st century, we have been given opportunities greater than we can imagine. The video argues just this. That it is through collaboration and the privileges of today which allow us to invoke a revolution greater than that of the 60’s to help save our world from consumerism (Knife Party, Rayner and Robson 2010).
“Micropolitics, or the creation of techniques for collaboration, involve experimentation and an openness to be experimental. Micropolitics then, offers a point of departure for a new kind of politics” (Jellis, T 2009). The definition of collaboration itself and its components opens new avenues for the operation of today’s society, via networks that have previously never existed thanks to the internet.
“The nations formerly known as the third world have become a rising, roaring middle. Nascent technologies like cleantech and nanotech hint at hitherto unimagined possibilities. The “corporation” is mitotically dividing into many different kinds of commercial entities, whether social businesses, hedge funds, or “for benefit” corporations. Today, as then, the world is shedding yesterday’s skin.” (Anon 2010)
What then happens to our world? An open source world rallies and builds up against the long known capitalist regime. Do we adapt? How do we adapt? Are we living the future now, are we in it?
Although many agree such a system of micropolitics and collaboration is ever escalating and a way of the future, not everyone agrees that it is beneficial:
“Lone geniuses are out. Collaboration is in. But there’s a problem with this view. Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption.” (Cain 2012)
There is no simple answer, but a collaborative network much like what the short film by Knife Party presents to us, gives us a simple structure, and most importantly emphasizes that we all have the tools. The first step is creating an online wiki, the second a collaborative research front and the third a catalyst (like social networking) (Knife Party, Rayner and Robson 2010). The blueprint is there, so is the knowledge, ecologies are becoming larger and easily accessible to just about anyone, anything is possible.
The ironic counterpart of the ‘Coalition of the Willings’’ video (courtesy of YouTube)
- Anon. (2010) ‘Elinor Ostrom’, p2p foundation, accessed 30/04/2012 <http://p2pfoundation.net/Elinor_Ostrom>
- Axelbigfish (2008), ‘fahrenheit 9/11 coalition of the willing’, YouTube, accessed 29/04/2012, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WNwXFE9yBs&feature=related>
- Cain, S (2012) ‘The Rise of the New Groupthink’, The New York Times, January 13, accessed 30/04/2012 <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/opinion/sunday/the-rise-of-the-new-groupthink.html>
- Jellis, T (2009) ‘Disorientation and micropolitics: a response’, spacesof[aesthetic]experimentation, accessed 30/04/2012 <http://www.spacesofexperimentation.net/montreal/disorientation-and-micropolitics-a-response/>
- Knife Party and Rayner, T and Robson, S (2010) Coalition of the Willing, COTW, accessed 29/04/2012 <http://coalitionofthewilling.org.uk/>