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<eyebeam><blast> Brave New World

M. Grzinic wrote: 
"An important question today concerning the Internet is still to
identify/following the decade of the fall of the Berlin Wall/who are the
old and new actors in the construction of this 'Brave New World,' which
is possible to rename as the 'World Wide Web', and also who and how is
allowed to develop a criticism of the Internet/The case of the Kosovo
Albanians reports on the net."

Hi Marina, 

Just wanted to follow up on your post, in regard to Belgrade etc., as it
seems of such vital importance in using the medium to the advantage of
sustained dialogue where the means are disrupted. Like a smoke cloud or
the sound of the drum. The internet can close the gaps in reporting even
when it is merely email to email discussion taking place, which often
seems more objective, truthful, and advanced than the average daily
newspaper. There was a site in particular, the name escapes me (B92?)
that proved rather viable as a means of communicating information during
the war and after (if we can say after).

In the same way that tyrannical Milosevic could contain public opinions
by controlling the tv stations, freeing up access to the internet may
empower within the public sphere. Yet, it is a sphere of few. 

Like the artworld, this space is still rather exclusive but opening

In regard to identifying the new actors in this 'Brave New World': post 
Berlin Wall, post-apartheid South Africa, and on... are not the players 
the same?: privileged actors in the construction of power.

Franklin Sirmans 

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