[NetBehaviour] Solutionism Re: An interview with Geert Lovink
rob at robmyers.org
Sat Oct 3 07:01:55 CEST 2015
On 02/10/15 04:03 AM, ruth catlow wrote:
> Furtherfield HQ (first think Google and then try to imagine the
An open-ended and non-enclosed structure with no basketball courts or
free candy vending machines?
> Two issues
> 1) the cost and time associated with strategising, consulting,
> designing, planning and remunerating all involved, for their efforts
> while: future-proofing community infrastructure, caring for the
> archive/database. We have had some really very good and generous support
> from a number of people to help us understand what the process might be,
> but the work still needs doing...and all risks mitigated!
> 2) connected to the above - maintaining the connections we all have,
> while inviting in new and diverse (in age, background, device-loyalty,
> ethnicity) people.
There are a few approaches, with different affordances and costs
(economic and political).
1. Yay Walled Gardens!
Use Medium for publishing articles, hosted Discourse for mail/boards,
and Slack for co-ordination/chat.
Cost: 100USD/month plus your soul.
2. All Zuck All The Time
Use Facebook Notes for publishing articles, Facebook pages for
discussion, and Facebook messaging for co-ordination/chat.
Cost: Zero, plus the souls of all humanity.
3. Current Free Software
Use Jekyll for publishing (mediated via GitLabs or at a pinch GitHub)
[TODO: comment system], self-hosted Discourse or Groupserver for
mail/boards, and an existing GNU social install or irc for co-ord/chat.
Cost: As much as hosting costs.
4. Hosted Free Software
Use Wordpress for publishing, see if lurk.org will host Netbehaviour on
their Groupserver install, and use an existing GNU social install or irc
Cost: As much as the services cost, look for donations.
Demographic: Almost current.
For any self-hosted or donated services, stick them behind Cloudflare.
Good for DDOS and ssl, bad for centralization.
Choice of platform is to a degree choice of audience, cultural context
and politics. Not in a technologically deterministic sense but in the
sense that different book publishers or record labels are. Change the
system, exploit the system, or buck the system?
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