There’s a wider cyberwar being fought, of which you hear much less. And in most cases the landlords, with the help of a mercenary army, are winning. I’m not talking here about threats to net neutrality and the danger of a two-tier internet developing, though these are real. I’m talking about the daily attempts to control and influence content in the interests of the state and corporations: attempts in which money talks. The weapon used by both state and corporate players is a technique known as astroturfing. An astroturf campaign is one that mimics spontaneous grassroots mobilisations, but which has in reality been organised.
Compared to people who took a placebo, the brains of those who took caffeine pills had a temporarily smaller gray matter volume.
“It is more human to laugh at life than to lament it.”
Out of sight, but not out of mind.
Entrenched business wisdom says that community-led economic systems are pure fantasy. Douglas Rushkoff disagrees.