Terminology/Morozov: Solutionism: the ideology of Silicon Valley, there must be a (technical) solution for everything
"Internet-centrism": the idea that the Internet is the "place" where it all happens ((s) is not only widespread in Silicon Valley).
Solutionism: merely the availability of cheap digital solutions tells us what needs to be repaired. The more patches we have, the more problems we see. But not all bugs are really bugs.
Solutionism: it is more about defining problems than about solving them - and the answer is given before the question is formulated to the end. (1)
Bruno Latour calls "double click" (2) a communication and knowledge production,[which] could run as a relatively uncomplicated and smooth affair, (...) without intermediaries such as databases and search engines. As normal computer users, we have become accustomed to the idea that information can easily appear in our browsers with just a few clicks of the mouse, but such as how it gets there from its original source - which proverbial cloud our e-mail is on - and what happens to it is often much more interesting than the actual content of what we click on. But unfortunately, we rarely bother to investigate such details. Similarly, information systems that give us access to campaign data are not like transparent greenhouses, but rather like mirror cabinets.
Solutionists accept problems rather than investigating them; armed with the idea of the "Internet", they accept very specific problems in a particularly Internet-centric way.
Techno-Escapism/Morozov: is the thesis that technology, here "the Internet" can make politics superfluous. (Representative according to Morozov: Peter Thiel, Palantir, Peter H. Diamandis).
Techno-Rationalism/Morozov: is the ((s) related) thesis that "the Internet" can shrink what is political in politics and instead allow the technocratic dimension to grow.
Techno-Escapism/Diamandis/Morozov: according to Diamandis, technology makes everything better and to a greater extent available. (3) (MorozovVsDiamandis/MorozovVsThiel).
Techno-Rationalism/Morozov: the ultimate aim of politics is to improve potholes in road surfaces.
Techno-Rationalism/Eric Schmidt/Google/Morozov: Eric Schmidt describes Washington as an established protective mechanism in which laws of lobbyists are written. (4)
MorozovVsSchmidt: this has never prevented Google from developing its own lobbying in Washington.
1. Vgl. Michael Dobbins, Urban Design and People, 1st ed. (New York: Wiley, 2009), 182.
2. Bruno Latour, “What If We Talked Politics a Little?,” Contemporary Political Theory 2, no. 2 (July 2003): 143– 164.
3. Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Abundance: The Future Is Better than You Think, 5th impression (New York: Free Press, 2012), 6.
4. Derek Thompson, “Google’s CEO: ‘The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists,’” The Atlantic, October 1, 2010, http:// www.theatlantic.com/ technology/ archive/ 2010/ 10/ googles-ceo-the-laws-are-written-by-lobbyists/ 63908._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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