At @geraldine's lecture yesterday I was thinking how hard it is in general to criticize any big tech infrastructure project without becoming complicit in its success. You cannot criticize YouTube, facebook, crypto, or similar projects operating on a similar layer of the stack by engaging with them. The classic media art "hack" tactic doesn't work because any criticism is structurally appropriated by these platforms. When the only goal of a project is growth, any engagement will work towards that goal.

For instance, even highly coordinated trolling attacks such as "operation porn day" against YouTube only made YouTube stronger, because YouTube received neatly identifiable training materials for their machine learning algo to prevent such attacks in the future. Any criticism against facebook just gives facebook the material they can put into their next press release about what they're supposedly working on. Any demonstration that exposes how crypto conceptually is unable to deliver on its promises can be minted the next minute.

Only creating and sustaining a parallel infrastructure, not an oppositional one, can have any effect.

@despens specially with creepto, every critique helps evangelists to refine their discourse and incorporate yet more "subversive" elements in their marketing. This is why not speaking their language is important.

@geraldine @despens and any critique from within is always already enriching the system, this time by directly funding “investors” … like the YouTube example, but with the added element of having to financially buy into the system in order to participate, even if the participation is meant as subversion.

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