On theory & practice: why I left academia.edu

In the course of reducing my free labour and data provision to shady and neoliberal companies, I deleted my academia.edu account today. It had been on my mind for a while already, and reading “Should This Be the Last Thing You Read on Academia.edu?” by Gary Hall only gave the final push to do so.

I do not know much about this company that managed in only a few years to lock-in millions of university workers into their walled garden, applying, of course, all kinds of data analytics on what we all publish and selling it to the highest bidder (Elsevier?).

I have never been particularly active on this honey pot site. The reasons I initially joined were rather mundane: being in the loop with latest papers on subjects I am interested in. But soon I noticed that this site is basically run with the same devasting social logics that all neoliberal trajectories entail: who is following whom, who is important, etc.

University workers seem to be particulary receptive for these social logics of digital cultures as we all are constantly reminded that if we don’t publish (of course at Elsevier!), our careers might not develop properly. University worker to large extends have internalized in the best (or worst) Foucauldian sense the gouvernementality of neoliberal subjects in an economy that is based on competition and kissing a.

This is so much more of a problem when the same authors that spent time and thought into critizing this matrix act in total conformity to it.

Well, at least one soul less is now captured by Richard Price’s profit machine.

Maybe you want to do the same? There a lots of other possibilities to publish and network. Starting with a simple blog like this. We really should practically be on the side of the open internet and stop contributing to its further closure and privatization. Think about it, fellow academians! Public space is scarce already. Why are we so stupid to enforce the privatization of the online space, too?

A true noblog

This is not a blog, but a noblog. As such not much happens here. I only update the CV from time to time. And if there is big news to share, I will. But this is rather unlikely.

Information scarcity could be a concept for the future, don’t you think?

Thanks,
Oliver

Twelve years later

I just found these pages, from a talk I gave in Computer Science at the University of Hamburg in 1999! What a gem! In static HTML! It’s an introduction in Sound Programming. It introduces API’s and some coding languages. So, if you are keen to know the feature of the BeOS (!) Media Api, check it out.

At least Super Collider was already amongst the coding languages covered.

Hello World

I decided it is a good occasion to launch this blog together with my new engagement in Budapest, at the CMCS.
While this blog is mainly for academic purposes and references, I might from time to time comment on everyday life in Budapest in the summer of 2011.

Please see here for a short summary of my academic engagements and here for publications and the like.