Sonntag, 8. April 2018

Data Scandal: Just a symptom - apologies irrelevant

Media Mogul

If we consider the helpless whining and simulated outrage top media executives and federal politicians show in the face of "social networks'" data scandals we will have to diagnose "complete technological cluelessness on all societal levels"* as being at the core of this mess. But so is "conceptual cluelessness about the nature and details of large scale electronic multi way communication", as expressed in the public statements of CEOs, politicians, supreme court judges, university professors and on and on. Like rabbits staring at snakes and oxen gazing up mountains our leaders and their experts stand before the current changes, rattle on about innovation, destruction, lots of new jobs and at the same time call for the state or suprastates to undo global competition and protect their overdone windfall incomes of the past years.

This in turn is seems to be based on a total replacement of serious media ecology and cybernetics research and education by buzzword bingo touting members of the academic elites, clinging to their salaries, critical speech engagements and party invitations which are all still based on their usefulness for the really rich and powerful. While the assistants work away like crazy, naively dream of starting the next billion dollar company and of becoming investor angels at the age of 39, the professors join "important people"-study-voyages to California, get mezmerized by looking at the lights of 20.000 cloud servers and labs peopled by the smartest Indians, Chinese and Koreans, return home and destroy their own campuses with freshly knit future legends.

This Globe is entering a dangerous prerevolutionary state of its elites who really just bluff along which today's political process and vocabulary clearly seems to favor. The political process in turn seems to be unable to change fast enough to turn around and promote a more competent mix of people to all levels and the top. And it is not just the West. Just look at China. Hu's group of scientists and engineers from the PRC's youth league that Deng's long term policies had swept into power from 2002 to 2012 have finally just been pretty completely dethroned by Xi's princeling faction who have all studied politics, law and materialist joint anything economy.

Totally Artificial Intelligence Experts of Banana Land

Data scandals are just a symptom of the broad crisis that the end of the Gutenberg Galaxy is bringing about. And by the end of the Gutenberg Galaxy I do not mean falling sales of print products which, too, is but a symptom. But then again, if not a journalist or privacy fanatic, you should relax. After all it's only our rights to secret youthful sins on one hand and print, TV and regional websites on the other that are under pressure and maybe at stake. Their positive relation to demcocracy that is so convincedly affirmed over and over might be nothing more than a barely understood correlation and is by no means proven.

In the meantime brick, mortar and their related financial services still seem to go strong. Construction of motor- and railways, houses, machines, robots, aeroplanes and automobiles, crop raising, animal husbandry and energy redistribution while still losing jobs will soon need millions of ethically firm technicians and data analysts from our schools and universities to keep up the pace. And after that we will still have Mars to conquer and populate. Imagine that!

* cit. M. Wolkenkuckucksstein directly from a Visagebook-Post

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