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By Matteo Pasquinelli

In the course of a time while pop stars turn into well-known because of intercourse tapes which have been leaked on-line, it's transparent that the net isn't really resistant to the draw of the media. but artwork, academia and activism proceed to advertise the net as an untouched utopia. Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons addresses the double average dominating modern media discourse and shatters the myths of inventive commons, loose software program and open-source pursuits, suggesting that "free tradition" is an monetary parasite siphoning cash via peer-to-peer networks. Theorist and electronic fetishist Matteo Pasquinelli makes use of the metaphor of the animal body--which Paul Virilio has characterised as instinctual and reactionary--to counter what he sees as a capitalist exploitation of collective imagery, calling for a thorough new knowing of the forces at paintings in the back of the electronic economic system and cultural construction.

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What puritan radicalism can also not tolerate is a ternary element that disturbs the harmony of its binary world. Michel Serres captures the asymmetry of universal life in the conceptual figure of the parasite. 4 From this premise, he builds an entirely new conception of economy and ecology, one that extends Virno’s biomorphism in a more precise direction. If the bicephalous eagle is conceptually useful to frame as the foundation of political institutions, the parasite offers a molecular model for the asymmetries of economy and technology; in particular, as a critique of the recent utopia of digital commons and network cooperation.

Indd 42 02-12-2008 13:42:32 A Conceptual Bestiary of the Commons Control of space and cyberspace. Much as control of the high seas – and the protection of international commerce – defined global powers in the past, so will control of the new ‘international commons’ be a key to world power in the future. An America incapable of protecting its interests or that of its allies in space or the ‘infosphere’ will find it difficult to exert global political leadership. ‘Project for the New American Century’, 20001 A Conceptual Bestiary Considering the spirit of the time a decade after the turn of the millennium, hysteria around energy resources has replaced the ghosts of war and terrorism, spectres that on their own had already sunk the utopian drives of network culture and the anti-globalization movement few years before.

More precisely, what kind of surplus are we looking for? Surplus of energy, libido, value, money or information? Machines are systems that both accumulate energy surplus and consume, transform and dissipate it. According to alternative media discourse, Bataille could only be enrolled to justify a sort of digital potlatch, a furious but ultimately sterile mass reproduction of digital copies. On the contrary, keeping with his theory of general economy, we must actually acknowledge how energy is maintained inside machines, crossing and feeding a multitude of devices.

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