“Cyberculture (…) has emerged as a gleeful apologist for this kill-the-poor trajectory of the Republican revolution. You find it all over (…) this mix of chaos theory and biological modeling that is somehow interpreted as scientific proof of the need to devolve and decentralize the social welfare state while also deregulating and empowering the powerful, autocratic, multinational corporations. You’ve basically got the breakdown of nation states into global economies simultaneous with the atomization of individuals or their balkanization into disconnected sub-groups, because digital technology conflates space while decentralizing communication and attention. The result is a clear playing field for a mutating corporate oligarchy, which is what we have.
I mean, people think it’s really liberating because the old industrial ruling class has been liquefied and it’s possible for young players to amass extraordinary instant dynasties. But it’s savage and inhuman.
Maybe the wired elite think that’s hip. But then don’t go around crying about crime in the streets or pretending to be concerned with ethics”.
R.U. Sirius interview by Jon Lebkowsky. “It’s Better to be Inspired than Wired” (1996).
*(Picture: Kelly Knowles, "Blue Screen of Death").