I am astonished by and consumed with the notion, that we all have long been living in media for quite some time.
Many want to think of themselves as living in a world, the world we all call ours, while everyone is actually living in media. In an electric reality. TV series characters provide the feeling of confidence we once hoped to find in our family.
In midst of what consumes me, I received mail I subscribe to by James Bridle that immediately caught my attention. Here goes.
Citizen Ex starts with the notion of Algorithmic Citizenship: that our rights and allegiances can be as easily and dynamically assigned and manipulated as any other data. As you browse the web, it shows you where the websites you visit actually are, and what this means for your Algorithmic Citizenship.
You can download Citizen Ex from citizen-ex.com, where you can also find out more about Algorithmic Citizenship, and read the first of several “domain stories” I’m writing over the next few weeks, which explore the connections between the political and physical infrastructures of the web.
Your Algorithmic Citizenship is how you appear to the internet, as a collection of data extending across many nations, with a different citizenship and different rights in every place. One day perhaps we will all live like we do on the internet. Until then, there’s Citizen Ex.