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Re: [ox-en] Material peer production (Part 2: Free Cooperation)


Michel Bauwens wrote:
Thanks for your excellent contributions on thinking through all the
implications of material peer production.

Thanks :-)

I have only 2 small semantic remarks so far:

- one is the use of prosumer, which is used by Alvin Toffler to
indicate merely active consumers, and I think we are much beyond that,
so I certainly prefer produSer, used by Axel Bruns

Well, I'm not referring to ideas of any specific author (otherwise I would
have quoted them), but I merely use the term to refer to people that are
both producers _and_ consumers (or users) at the same time. The term
"produser" didn't yet exist when I wrote my book, otherwise I might have
chosen it. Or maybe not--this term sounds and spells _very_ similar to
producer, which might cause confusion, and the pair "produce" and "consume"
is nicely symmetric in a way in which the pair "produce" and "use" is not.

I haven't read Axel Bruns' book yet (though I plan to do so), and for now
I'll prefer to stick with the established (and easily understandable) term.

- as a librarian and encyclopedist, I also would prefer a more precise
term than just "local associations", this is just so much in general
usage to indicate all kinds of assns, that I would really prefer, so I
can put it in the wiki as a technical term, that you would add
something to it, as in local x associations ...

Well, in the context of peer production, the term "local association" isn't
usually used with any other meaning, so I don't think there's risk of
confusion. An alternative is the term "local meta-project", which I use more
or less synonymously in my book (since local associations can be considered
some kind of "meta-project", as I explained).

Best regards

|-------- Dr. Christian Siefkes --------- christian ---------
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There is nothing good about being members of the working class, about
being ordered, commanded, separated from our product and our process of
production. Struggle arises not from the fact that we are working class
but from the fact ... that they try to order and command us but we do not
want to be ordered and commanded, that they try to separate us from our
product and our producing and our humanity and our selves and we do not
want to be separated from all that. In this sense, working-class identity
is not something "good" to be treasured, but something "bad", something to
be fought against..., something that is constantly at issue.
	-- John Holloway, Change the World Without Taking Power

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