|In the networked society the kind of bandwidth of your connection will determine whether you're in the game or out. It's not just about being flushed by the data-pipes, it's about setting your own trash against the data-stream. It's about the vision of wired citizens as passive consumers of virtual corporate waste, versus the active prosumer, the critical consumer and producer of digitised content.
There are still a lot of questions to be r esolved. First of all, who will own the backbones of the digital freeways of the mind, and will we have enough space to cast our own content on its tracks? What effect will the virtual monopolies have on the equal share in the data drive for everyone who cares enough to bother about it.
On the other hand we might be just a reactionary phantom from a technologically outdated past, and soon we might be flooded by bit bearing media. So what are we going to do with unlimited bandwi dth?
Is the fetish phantasy of full feed, full speed communication just another screen on which to project the utopia of an universal understanding between people? If everybody is a broadcaster, who wil l shut up and listen?
People: Marleen Stikker, Mieke Gerritzen, Eric Kluitenberg, Michaël van Eeden, Geert Lovink , Jan van den Berg and Yariv Alterfin from De Waag / Society of Old and New Media, Amsterdam