Cybernetics Party

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With a name like Norbert Wiener I couldn’t not make a meme out of him.

Mr. Wiener, without him we wouldn’t be able to understand cybernetics and the notion of global coordination and control as we do today. So, this week’s meme pays homage to his work and all things cybernetics through a parody of the ‘Sausage Party’ poster, ironically using the word ‘party’ to express the state of panic I’m in after becoming self-aware about my lack of online privacy.

Consider the nature of cybernetics – the “science of communications and automatic control systems”. Who (or what) exactly ‘controls’ our online communications?

The best way to approach this notion is through the framework of the network paradigms (topologies) that govern the sites we interact with.

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Network Topologies

For example, social media platforms such as Facebook could easily be mistaken for using distributed topologies; however, it must be considered that all communications through Facebook do exactly that: they go through Facebook. Therefore, it can be assumed that they use something which more resembles a centralised network.

So, the control that “nodes” (or users) believe they hold over their communications may be jeopardised by hidden or simply misunderstood systems. A concept which, becomes worrying in the wake of the recent CIA Vault 7 leaks – are the uncovered surveillance techniques a form of covert centralisation?

Updated: 15/08/17 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Cybernetics Party

  1. Sup girl,
    It’s difficult to give a proper analyse and showcase understanding of information topologies with the boundaries placed on us through the subject guidelines of BCM206, but within the time you have discussed the base ideas. The lecture though mostly talked about the nodes or users with the system and the freedom allowed within these, so it would be better to scrape the paragraph of rhetorical questions and maybe talk about how a user (aka everybody) is now in such an advantageous environment where with the right tools they can accomplish the most.
    Still good tho

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    1. Whilst I agree with the POV that it is difficult to properly analyse the complex notions of information topologies, I aimed to expand on the basic knowledge provided in the lecture and offer new ideas and real-life examples in order to show how I personally interpreted the content. Otherwise, I feel like I’m regurgitating content available to everyone in the course, so this is why I chose to stray from the notions of nodes/users. But I appreciate your feedback, and will consider using less rhetorics in my writing from now on. Thank you :*

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  2. Really interesting to consider the misconception of the monitoring of our daily social media platforms. But now that it’s become part of our daily life, it will be difficult for many users to adapt if something were to change about the network structure of the social media platform.

    In the 4th paragraph, there doesn’t seem to be a link to the open source software. Otherwise, a very interesting read!

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    1. Hey, thanks for your comment – I definitely agree that for a lot of people, they will choose not to adapt simply because of social media’s prevalence in their lives.

      I believe I linked it as a correlation to online privacy, but found it hard to connect it in such a succinct post, so thank you for your feedback and I will work on simplifying my posts in the future.

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  3. Embrace the life of this slightly centralised distributive network. Wild it is indeed true that Facebook and google have attempted to make themselves centralised figures on the internet they are still ultimately doorways of which you can still pass through from either side. They still operate in a distributive system, no matter how hard they try to become the centre of the universe.

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  4. Hey Mayana, this is a great blog with a lot of information involving the advancement of internet and how time has dramatically changed.The whole society has ran on social media. For future references i suggest you use two different mediums meaning maybe try to use a gif and a Soundcloud, or a youtube video rather than images, it’ll be effective and draw audiences in. All over though this is very information and clearly written. Here is an article l read a while ago http://networkcultures.org/longform/2016/12/19/communication-control-communism-on-socialist-cybernetics-accelerationist-dreams-and-tiqquns-nightmares/
    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you! I am a bit weary to venture out of my comfort zone with the mediums of my blog posts, but I will definitely consider it in the future. The article you linked it great, thanks for your feedback

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