The Historical Development of the Mythical Santa Claus

Michel Rizzotti Every year as winter sets in, people go through a yearly ritual called the Holidays. For some, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, a religious event. For others, it’s a secular season of gift giving and receiving. For most, it’s a consumer regimented event. Weeks prior December 25th, the mainstream […]

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Edward Snowden: Banned and Sovereign

Michel Rizzotti Regardless of the covert encroachment of the Internet by the varied security States, cyberspace is nonetheless altering the jurico-political landscape of the world. Fugitive Edward Snowden’s legal status personifies what Giorgio Agamben describes as a homo sacer – a sacred man. In his book sharing the same title, Agamben explores the significance of […]

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The Inauguration of the Washington National Monument

A step by step re-enactment of the building and inauguration of the giant obelisk. The erection of the Washington National Monument stands as a visible sign that celebrates the mythical foundation of its founding Father, revealing in the process how myth and politics blend-in together to generate an ideological consolidation of power.

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Linux: An Open-Source Dynamic

Linux operating system reveals how open-source systems are emerging as an alternate form of governance challenging the top-down system by a synergetic force that gravitates around a self-regulating center, where the “good” of the whole system is the primary goal, dislocating the “individual” as the center of attention.

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Faltering Hierarchies and the Emergence of Open Source

Hierarchy in governance is the most elusive power scheme. Although the power is eminently present, it is invisible and unfathomable. The tier top-down levels of control is so efficient that it has survived and expanded since the beginning of civilization; a control system that is consistently confused with the power of God.

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A Discourse on Spirituality

Additional comments on the basic principles of the sacred, the profane and the wholly other that have been outlined elsewhere on this web site.

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Net Art: The Pioneers of the Net

A rehashing of an article posted on Unita Online about pioneer artists of the Internet.

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Hacker-Art

Two tricksters that have used the Internet to their advantage in diverting people to their own web site by impersonating popular brand names. In folklore and mythology, the trickster is mostly portrayed in the guise of a fox or a coyote. Tricksters typically play pranks on unsuspecting characters of a story by breaking normal rules of conduct.

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Bottom’s up

How bottom-up systems can exist without a leader and thrive on self coordination and emergence. Bottom-up systems present a challenge to the ancestral top-down hierarchies that have ruled the world through control, secrecy, violence and conquest.

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Hypertext

A short piece on how the advent of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) has dismantled the idea authority.

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