Saturday, September 04, 2004

A twin postulate.

Non empirical postulate: That the more pervasive networks become, in accordance to Reed's and Metcalfe's Law, the greater likelihood the outcome of one of either of two emergent social extremes, which both accomplish the end of government as anything we would recognize today. These extremes are:

1.) Totalitarian Panopticon; the pervasity of the networks, and their very core architecture is designed for the purpose of correlating and centralizing data about every moving participant in society and each action they take, and for restricting their end uses of the networks, for the purpose of hierarchial control on a level never imagined before.

2.) Fractal Social Autonomy; the pervasity of the networks, and their very core architecture is designed to prevent outside data correlation, control, or unwanted access, and leaving the function of the networks themselves free for exponential function creep by users themselves; thus making governmental/hierarchial function as it currently operates completely impossible as power is shifted firmly in the hands of the individual actors of society themselves, and the puffer-train like ad-hocracies, and anarchic groups they form.

Theoretical Evidences for each case in point:

Case #1: If the architecture which becomes pervasive is concentrated as the sole properties of any specific group, individual, or other hierarchial authority, in accordance to Reed's and Metcalf's Law: As the power of the networks expand (both by squares, and exponentially) the power of the authority which owns it increases at a like rate, both squared (in the sense of each physical network) and exponentially (in the sense of their power over the actors in every network).

Case #2: If the architecture which becomes pervasive is instead held in commons, and the structure of it is specifically designed to resist intrusion into the commons, and contains essentially elements of aggregate enforcement of tresspass on the commons (i.e., free-riding), then the power of individuals and end-to-end or peer-to-peer social networks increases both squared and exponentially, at the expense of existing hierarchial authority.

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