[NetBehaviour] We Need to Talk About Networked Disruption and Business: An interview with Tatiana Bazzichelli

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Wed Feb 19 21:06:37 CET 2014

On 19/02/14 03:39 AM, marc garrett wrote:
> http://www.furtherfield.org/features/interviews/we-need-talk-about-networked-disruption-and-business-interview-tatiana-bazzichel

"The ideas of openness, do it yourself, sharing, the “mottos” of the
hacker culture in the 1990s, became the main rhetoric of the Web 2.0
companies based on the appropriation of “free culture”."

This is nicely phrased. Yes the rhetoric and language of free culture
were appropriated but not its political or philosophical substance.

"The notion of disruptive business is useful for reflecting on different
modalities of generating criticism, shedding light on contradictions and
ambiguities both in capitalistic logics and in artistic and hacktivist
strategies, while rethinking oppositional practices in the context of
social networking."

This feels like it relates to accelerationism. Maybe.

Disruption is the sine qua non of contemporary capitalism, and watching
both "The Lego Movie" and "The Croods" recently I was struck by their
shared narrative of how getting the girl is the reward for letting its
value be reclaimed without disrupting the patriarchial order.

"all my publications exist both online and on paper and are freely
downloadable from the web, because it would be contradictory to write
about certain topics and then release my toughts under proprietary licenses"

But the license is proprietary, as it denies the freedom to use the work
for reasons other than maintaining the freedom to use the work.

Bazzichelli's book sounds like the next step after:


which I still feel guilty about not reviewing. Bazzichelli's strategies
seem similar to Harold's "intensification".

I totally agree with Bazzichelli's critique of anti-capitalist activism.
And I love your relation of her arguments to Haraway, who seems to be
being discussed more at the moment.

"I'm not a Marxist but" Bazzichelli's emphasis on work, on producing and
doing within society, and on economic form as artistic form, is both
something that I and just about everyone I know has been interested in
since the 90s (see recent Cybersalons) and a generational shift from the
oppositional affective radicalism of the intervening era.

So I got a lot from this interview. :-)

- Rob.

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