“The commons” and Attention, Good or Bad?

This week’s blogging will focus on the “commons”, which is a production of collective archives, and the how attention affects how we organize and archives the commons.

First of all, the commons is resources that our society collects, based on same interest or perspective in a communal manner where everyone can access without limitation. (David Bollier) Some people might say that the idea of “the commons” is harmful in a way that “we’re in a danger of losing this global commons as it comes under assault from an army of trolls and flacks, many of them covertly organized or trained.” (Monbiot) However, Walljasper mentions “the health of the planet should take precedence over the profits of a few”.

Due to the development of technology, today, our society can publish, share and see any information or data that is online. The commons can be gathered by variety of publishing forms such as social media network, blogging, journals, online news via their desktop, laptop, or any other mobile device. But here’s the question. Who owns, get to see, share whether it is a personal or a corporate data? What is their intention of spreading this data? Is it purely for the benefit of the society? There are numerous questions to this matter. Despite this problematic questions, I agree with Walljasper is a way that the commons allow us to engage in its 3 elements (Good and Bauwnes):

First, it allowed individuals to work collaboratively. Second, the platform of Internet that allowed us to work without the limitation of time and space. Lastly, allowed organizations or foundations to reveal their know-how or information to the wide audience.

Attention comes at the end. When we archive (collect), it creates the economy (of commons), then it waits for audience’s attention or distraction. So eventually at the end, what we archive will be evaluated and divided into different categories such as power, money, knowledge, including attention.

I think we are in a process of adapting a new culture of fast-rotation of information and some of us are scared or worried about the side effects. We should enjoy the process of development of our society and observe how fast we publish, exchange and how this affects our society and broadly our world.

Walljasper, Jay (2010) ‘The Commons Moment is Now’, Commondreams.org,  <http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/24-0>

Monbiot, George (2010) ‘Reclaim the Cyber-Commons’, Monbiot.com, <http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2010/12/13/reclaim-the-cyber-commons>

Monbiot, George (2010) ‘Reclaim the Cyber-Commons’, Monbiot.com, <http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2010/12/13/reclaim-the-cyber-commons>


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