Juanito killed the inflatable man,
Internet is not a new solution to old problems.
Technology in the background not in the foreground.
I have been involved in developing several projects that orbit around
technology since 1987. When I talk of technology in the background not
in the foreground, what I mean is that the grammar of the solution has
been altered, we are taking the effect as a cause and the cause as an
effect. It is a problem of grammar, if the problem is not defined with
the proper grammatical order can not be understood. Technology starts
with the pencil.
Computers do not think.
Concepts: High Technology and Low Technology. a pencil is
understanding in handling of low technology creates severe problems with
the administration of high technology.
1.- Who has it (a way of conversation) and who does not (what technology
applies). Once technology is installed what do they do with it. Are they
capable to understand that technology is not a language, it is not an
art and it is not a solution (solution defined as the process of thought
in order to solve a problem). In most cases it is a tool, but to have
the tool not necessarily means you know how to use it and that you are
capable to solve problems.
2.- Poetry in motion My only concern on the appreciation in art is about
its perception of poetry regardless of which technology was used. The
motion of poetry regardless of the profession using it. Two basic
theoretical elements, reading and writing before it becomes semiotics or
metalanguages The criteria to use technology in the third world has to
do with the following rational: Understanding low tech, efficiency,
cheaper, document, global community, message, and humanware.
Art & Internet & People
Art can not live separated from our everyday way of life. Our thought is
influenced by the lack of coherence between our planned reality and our
"actual" reality. Our plans vary because of the interference
of other people, other plans, timing or because of our own
misunderstanding (or partial understanding) of a particular message to
"deliver" a particular action. Almost every time personal
failure is directly proportional to lack of communication, essentially
the lack of tools for decoding (understanding/reading) a situation. Our
thought is always a miscalculation about the hypothetical behavior of
others. We are part of a collective and, the collective is not a
computer and in many ways is not logical. The disarrangement of our
"order" (in our immediate reality) can be interpreted
as a plot. That particular interpretation or pseudo-explanation of the
cause and the effect of somebody№s success or failure creates only
a mental balance. It is an explanation (may not be correct or accurate),
it is a system of making things in a way pseudo-coherent, it even gives
us an enemy (we have to realize the identity of our warrior culture) or
a "solid" of an abstract thought. This process definitely
gives us the choice of a position (position to be defended
intelligently, even if it was not achieved in an intelligent or logic
manner). Such common attitude only supplies the individual with the
wrong premises, in most cases it is a supply of fuel for the wrong
solutions. We can observe a game of correct solutions for the wrong
problem, correct problems for the wrong solutions. "Economy"
is not a solid, "the people" is not a one thing. True premises
above all are the beginning of the solution of a problem and over all
the correct exploration of a new frontier.
"Internet is a bridge very thin, like a blade, for the naive, very
wide for the ways of the ideas".
Omar Gasca, Open Bridge, 1995-1999
Internet vs. information
Let us redefine information and content as two different things.
Information has very little semantic value. Content could be defined as
the redistribution or filtering of information into a coherent message.
The poor redistribution of information creates an "apparent"
message. The concept of quality becomes essential to the basic
definition of communication. If 50% of the "content" in
Internet is pornography, how can we apply the word content and
pornography in the same sentence. Is the "great public" ready
for the ways of the ideas? Ready for the proper reinterpretation of new
terms. Tiring mission, since nobody was interested in the first round.
The truth is that there is an absolute indifference to the ways of the
ideas. The crucifixion was not an administrative mistake. Art is not
about competing or fighting mass media, education is not fighting mass
media. In actuality mass media has become education. Montessory, Froebel,
Piaget, Champagnat and Fore are finally obsolete.
Corruption = Mexico
I live in the most corrupt country in the world, Internet does not have
an impact in the fixing of the problem. No amount of technology will fix
it. As a matter of fact technology makes the problem exponential.
Corruption is a term used in files to determine that something is
unreadable. There are factors within factors that determine corruption
as a way of life. When you lack the jurisprudence to uphold a common law
(law based in common sense) within a society corruption becomes freedom
and democracy. In a macro economy, very much in the way Mexico relates
to the US. If the US spends a lot of his budget keeping half of the
World in poverty, the black economies, drug economies are the only life
saver of the micro economies.
Robert Mapplethorpe versus Newt Gingrich
Who loses in the struggle to understand art? Who loses with the excess
of power and no knowledge? Newt Gingrich is the epitome of the
politician of the future, ready to fight against art. He has no regard
for any value. The "administrator" is unable to comprehend a
simple exhibit of photography by Mapplethorpe. The administrator is
willing to kill anything that he does not understand. Under his same way
of reasoning to disappear "The National Endowment for the
Arts", Gingrich could close NASA because they only
"I can not censor something I can not understand"
S.S. Pope John XXIII
A pending: Revolution Internet, once in the rural areas installed
in every school in the third world will serve as the perfect source for
a violent revolution. Lucio Cabaсas and Marcos (BTW have not
started any dissertations on fixing anything through e-mail are
the natural product of the conceptual failure of public education. It is
the most violent act to try to sell a VW to the chief of a tribe in the
Amazon. Global Economy The only model of actual "global tribe"
is the model of the macro-economy. The effects are the behavior of the
stock market and the "free trade agreements"; the actual
results: the global tribe does not exist. The fate of many is put in the
hands of very few, it is a practical application that the statement of
Macluhan "the medium is the massage" was actually a warning.
Mexicoґs yearly devaluation (October) depends on an international
savings fund trust that is moved from country to country in search of
higher interest rates. The other third of the economy depends on the
international price of the oil.
Medium and message
Today is clear that Macluhan was drastically misunderstood, not to
mention the even further confusion created by Negroponte №s
statement about "the message is the medium" (or his analog to
digital economy). In reality the majority of the world is playing
another game (the concept of "future" is drastically different
in every case). Macro economy equals macro problem. Making the macro
numbers, the picture of the world is very simple, 1/5 of the world lives
in India and 2/5 in China (being conservative). In India a road is the
width of a truck, there is no space for two cars to go through in
opposite directions at the same time (in order to actually avoid
crashing, both of them have to leave the road partially).
The imaginary country
The overall picture of a poor country has little to do with
"poverty". Wealth is a matter of concept (and creating its
context). In order to change it its patterns need to be reset. If we
could agree to make that a pattern of wealth could be software, instead
of gold. 99% of the software comes from India. If the Indian government
had had any vision of the potential of the wealth they had. They could
have used the system in their advantage and today they could be the
owners of "everything" in the information world. Bill Gates
could be a mere cartoon. The same creative vision has to be applied in
the project of the future. In today №s picture of the world drawn
by the administrator and the engineer, the artist is the "content
provider". That big mass of computers and connectivity require
"content" and not information to be a
Premises, Premises, Premises
Understanding our world, ourselves is part of understanding the new
technologies and the new writings