In my reflexions on warfare and flows of infowars, I have been thoroughly thinking about the overall concept of a disadvantaged group versus dominant group, .i.e. women versus men in science and expertise, persons of colour versus white people at a large, black cops versus a random suspect as a drug dealer or mentally ill person, and how the perspectives represented might lead to completely revert the political leadership.
At a times where big monopolies as Amazon, Google or Microsoft – I won’t evoke in this post the specific case of Facebook as the company leadership has been completely dismissed by the many scandals due to its political interference with US and EU elections – challenge the leadership of political leaders, with the increasing weakness of our symbolical institutions due to corruption and pressure of global finance, I analyzed the intersticial zones of infopower that remain in a more and more dissymetric game of power.
In their quest for leadership that gave rise to infowars, big tech are now facing a global paradox that is that they claim both an economical leadership embodied by the principles of ultra-liberalism of « Laissez-faire, laissez- passer » (Adam Smith), that they acquire through their historical monopoly, and a new political leadership, let vacant by institutions and embodied by the symbolical values of democracy/free speech in North America, and liberty/equity/solidarity unherited from the Jacobin tradition of the French Revolution (that has evolved into moderate marxism).
Issues arise when leaders as Jeff Bezos owner of Amazon giant is known guilty of anti-competitive and illegal practices of sabotage as DDOS attacks, hacking practices, targeting of institutions to steal sensitive data, press and information producers silencing and abrasive infowar into social networks against rivals and opponents with smearing campaigns, that are incommensurable with the republican values of democracy, free speech, freedom of press, liberty for all, education for all, free access and solidarity among people pushed in by local groups.
In this aspect, we can see that every time that dominant group claim and reinforce their economical supremacy by way of brutal attacks on smaller rivals and groups of opponents, they concomitantly loose of their political power for their infringements of human and civic rights, as well as for damaging the market, which cause them to loose of their influence and impact.
There is for sure a critical gap to take over for disadvantaged groups in the paradox for self-affirmation and control (Debaveye, 2012) which prevents big tech to reach a long-standing political leadership and may allow antitrust protestors to gather around by pressuring them with their social agenda. There is definitely a place for improving the balance in the well-known ‘cat-and-mouse’ game by playing with agility with this duality to trick and to defeat them.
Qui traite de la qualité et des occupations du fameux hidalgo don Quichotte de la Manche
Dans une bourgade de la Manche, dont je ne veux pas me rappeler le nom, vivait, il n’y a pas longtemps, un hidalgo, de ceux qui ont lance au râtelier, rondache antique, bidet maigre et lévrier de chasse. Un pot-au-feu, plus souvent de mouton que de boeuf, une vinaigrette presque tous les soirs, des abatis de bétail le samedi, le vendredi des lentilles, et le dimanche quelque pigeonneau outre l’ordinaire, consumaient les trois quarts de son revenu.
Le reste se dépensait en un pourpoint de drap fin et des chausses de panne avec leurs pantoufles de même étoffe, pour les jours de fête, et un habit de la meilleure serge du pays, dont il se faisait honneur les jours de la semaine. Il avait chez lui une gouvernante qui passait les quarante ans, une nièce qui n’atteignait pas les vingt, et de plus un garçon de ville et de campagne, qui sellait le bidet aussi bien qu’il maniait la serpette. L’âge de notre hidalgo frisait la cinquantaine ; il était de complexion robuste, maigre de corps, sec de visage, fort matineux et grand ami de la chasse.
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