luciano petullà

systems and dimensions of new communication

The “tyranny” of contents and processes of concentration As the place of premise, first lines can contain  some acknowledgements about the extraordinary meaning that the Net has for a relevant part of worldwide people, namely a treasure of great cultural and intellectual vivacity, of incommensurable usefulness, expressivities and intelligence. But, after this admission, we have to do some reflections on how this whole of contents is physically supported and how network structures are shaping to respond in a sustainable way  with respect to its evolutions.  Given the numerous factors involving into the process and their “environmental” dynamics (in internet actions  acquire exponential speed), it is never easy to underline the right trends, above all from a quantitative point of view.  We can individuate many signals about certain processes of consolidation and  a passage to a “2.0” phase more focused on Services as a Software, with  utilities covering an extended range including entertainment  for leisure time and business tools for labour market, products landing immediately (from a cloud computing) on a mobile/fixed hyper-connected user. But which kind of reshaping are physical infrastructures and  their managing business companies  involving in? What is the new state of art of “core” internet? We try…

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The unavoidable re-generation of idea of human The nature of each form of delegation involves the creation of a distance between expectation of originating will and the outcomes achieved by delegate that, people or systems, can otherwise mark characteristically the effective phase through their own skills or lacks. Generally, delegating to someone or something the control or fulfilment of will, actions or plans is a way of thinking and doing typical of people live in complex and large societies. As described by many sociologists (for example Anthony Giddens) people need to establish trusted links with a large number of “expert systems” to be able to live and make their activities. On the other side, that is part of a precise strategy defined “reduction of complexity” characterizing environment of biological and social life (Nicklas Luhmann). Yet, in our time there is a matter that seems completely irreducible to a more simplistic affair, up to refuse a normative way to fix a delegation if it doesn’t contain a mechanism that can anticipate the ungovernable impasses, finally resolving them respecting the originating will. This form of resistance is perfectly legitimate. In effect, the matter regards the very concept of life and its condition…

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