Sylvain Firer-Blaess

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Sylvain Firer-Blaess is an author.

Publications

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Title Keyword(s) Published in Language DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. Abstract R C
Wikipedia: An info-communist manifesto Communism
Info-communism
Karl Marx
Mode of production
Political economy
Wikipedia
Television and New Media English 2014 The task of this article is to analyze the political economy of Wikipedia. We discuss the specifics of Wikipedia's mode of production. The basic principles of what we call the info-communist mode of production will be presented. Our analysis is grounded in Marxist philosophy and Marxist political economy, and is connected to the current discourse about the renewal and reloading of the idea of communism that is undertaken by thinkers like Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou. We explore to which extent Wikipedia encompasses principles that go beyond the capitalist mode of production and represent the info-communist mode of production. We present the subjective dimension of the mode of production (cooperative labor), the objective dimension of the mode of production (common ownership of the means of production), and the subject-object dimension of the mode of production (the effects and products of the mode of production). 0 0
Wikipedia : an Example for Electronic Democracy? Decision, Discipline and Discourse in the Collaborative Encyclopedia Wikipedia ; Social Theory ; Organisation ; Discipline ; Discourse Ethics ; Foucault ; Habermas Studies In social and Political Thought, 2011 Wikipédia and e-democracy projects have in common the establishment of a mass-scale decision process. The Wikipedian method to discuss and reach consensus is described in this article by Sylvain Firer-Blaess, using the theoretical frame of Michel Foucault and Jurgen Habermas. Can this method be applied to various e-democracy projects? In part, provided that building a free encyclopedia is not the same as living the life of the city. 0 0
Wikipedia: Example for a future Electronic Democracy?: Decision, Discipline and Discourse in the Collaborative Encyclopaedia Active learning strategies Studies in Social and Political Thought English 2011 This article describes the mechanisms of a successful product of the Internet involving mass collaboration, namely, the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.

In the first part of the paper, the author analyses the decision making process, including debates and consensus, which Wikipedia employs, and makes a connection with the Habermasian model of rational discourse. In the second part, he analyses the disciplines (in the Foucauldian sense) which underlie and permit this decision making process. He finds that, on the theoretical plane, despite the harsh criticisms Habermas claimed against the writings of Foucault, we can see a rather complementary relation between the establishing of rational discourse in Wikipedia and the effects of its discipline. In a third part, the author shows the resistances that face the decision-making process and the disciplines, and considers the reactions that have emerged against such resistances. These findings lead on to a discussion of the normativity of Foucauldian disciplines and the possibility of their heterogeneity.

Finally, the author examines the possible implementations of the Wikipedia system to electronic democracy projects.
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Wikipedia : exemple pour une future démocratie électronique? Organisation of Wikipedia Homo-numericus, septembre 2010 2010 0 0
Wikipedia : Governance, Mode of Production, Ethics University of Sussex English 2008 This dissertation is an inquiry on the functioning of the free web-based encyclopaedia Wikipedia, using different theoretical perspectives. The first perspective shall bring the analysis of the governance of Wikipedia, with the application of Michel Foucault’s theoretical framework about governance and discipline. The second perspective shall focus on the mode of production of Wikipedia with the use of Marxian political economy. The third and last perspective shall be the construction of an ethics from a Hegelian framework, its application to the previous results, and the possible extension to other network practices. 0 0
Wikipédia: le Refus du Pouvoir Institut d'études politiques de Lyon French 2007 0 0