Politics/Internet/Morozov: the German Pirate Party was accused by the Green Volker Beck of discussing contents of other parties in its Liquid Feedback System in a way that suggests that they are the Pirate Party's own contents. This happened because these contents had been downloaded from the Internet. (1)
Morozov: In the American context, Liquid Feedback is a solution to a problem that does not exist; both parties already rely on sophisticated microtargeting tools to uncover and address our most secret desires and needs.
Politics/Internet/Zuckerberg/Morozov: In 2008 Mark Zuckerberg announced: we are now at a point where a lot of these applications are efficient enough for people to have a voice without needing a large organization with millions of others and a million dollar endowment to fight for a particular thing. (2)
Morozov: this quickly led to projects like ruck.us, co-founded by Nathan Daschle son of former Democratic senator Tom Daschle. This website is intended to replace the two ((s) large U.S. -american) parties in order to make "the internet" the main mouthpiece of political expression.
Ruck.us/Morozov: works like this: with the registration on the site you answer some questions about your political preferences, such as whether the government should play a role in the organization of education. Afterwards, the user's "political DNA" is created and checked to see which other users he/she agrees with. Similar to Netflix that recommends a film, depending on the classification of the profile. (3)
Dave KarpfVsRuck.us/KarpfVsDaschle: such approaches all have the same error: they treat politics as a kind of market. But the two-party system does not form a market. (4)
Politics/Internet/Morozov: the most obvious is the contempt that geeks have for politics, while at the same time respecting administration in an interview with Bill Maris, the head of Google's risk fund (5) According to Maris, politicians spend most of their time in politics without incentives for real change.
1. Westervelt, “A Party on the Rise, Germany’s Pirates Come Ashore,” NPR, June 6, 2012, http:// www.npr.org/ 2012/ 06/ 06/ 154388897/ a-party-on-the-rise-germanys-pirates-come-ashore.; “Sinking Ship: Voters Growing Disillusioned with Germany’s Pirate Party,” Der Spiegel, October 25, 2012, http:// www.spiegel.de/ international/ germany/ german-voters-grow-disillusioned-with-pirate-party-a-863234. html.
2. Mark Zuckerberg in an interview with Sarah Lacy at SXSW 2008. Video is available at http:// allfacebook.com/ mark-zuckerberg-sarah-lacy-interview-video_b1063.
3. Alex Fitzpatrick, “Ruck.Us Breaks Up Party Politics on the Social Web,” Mashable, May 11, 2012, http:// mashable.com/ 2012/ 05/ 11/ ruckus.
4. Steve Freiss, “Son of Democratic Party Royalty Creates a Ruck.us,” Politico, June 26, 2012, http:// www.politico.com/ news/ stories/ 0612/ 77847. html.
5. David Ewing Duncan, “Why Do Our Best and Brightest End Up in Silicon Valley and Not D.C.?,” The Atlantic, May 6, 2012, http:// www.theatlantic.com/ technology/ archive/ 2012/ 05/ why-do-our-best-and-brightest-end-up-in-silicon-valley-and-not-dc/ 256767._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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