The notion of the ‘good society’ has many contested meanings and nuances, but is generally about social justice and how it can be achieved (Mansell 2012). The philosopher Martha Nussbaum suggests to think of it as a helpful picture helping us to “think creatively about what justice can be in a world” (2006 414). Mansell calls it “unreasonable” to simply leave the development of our communication system to chance and ignore its evolution when “some of its features are inconsistent with the values of the good society” (2012 22).
A significant tendency to take into account when analyzing contemporary Internet developments is the one of monopoly creation. As McChesney (2013 130) points out, it is indeed “supremely ironic that the Internet, the much-ballyhooed champion of increased consumer power and cutthroat competition, has become one of the greatest generators of monopoly in economic history”. Looking […]
Background & Rationale The task of the my Master’s thesis in the working is to study the relation of the commons and commodification processes on social media platforms. The commons are, based on the work of political economist Elinor Ostrom, to be understood as a resource shared by a group of people that is subject […]
Summer retrospect #5: Sea-kayak trip around Gräsö, Uppland, Sweden. At some point towards the end of our magnificent weekend trip, Malin asked: “Now, would that be worth an entry on your blog?”. Yes, Malin, absolutely, I said. Just that it took a few month to publish, but that’s another story (not that complicated of a […]
Summer retrospect #4: Osttirol, Austria. The paradise next door, finally discovered. Only named ‘Dolomites’ for touristic reasons (you could do that back in the day), nevertheless impressive on an equal scale for long and slightly scary high-altitude climbs. Will be back. Pictures: [AFG_gallery id=’17’]
Last Sunday, I was lucky to attend one of the nicest Swedish traditions, spurring the ‘Christmas spirit’, if applicable: The Luciakonsert. The celebration of Saint Lucia is something on the ranks of Christmas in other Christian countries, just that the non-believing Swedish population sets a beautiful emphasis on tradition and folklore instead of religious values. […]
Summer retrospective #3: Briançon, Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France. Pretty sure it’s one of Europe’s most diverse climbing places, especially when it comes to long, bolted multi-pitch climbs. There’s just everything a climber’s heart desires. Fullstop. (And good weather.) Pictures: [AFG_gallery id=’16’]