In this third edition, Jonas Staal interviews cultural historian Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy, on what it would mean to democratise Facebook. Flora van Gaalen, Head of Programme at Het Nieuwe Instituut, interviews Paris Marx, urbanist, writer and founder of the podcast Tech Won’t Save Us, on strategies to nationalise and repurpose Amazon.
Siva Vaidhyanathan is a cultural historian and media scholar, professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, and author of The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry) and Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy.
Paris Marx is a writer, urbanist and host of left-wing tech podcast Tech Won't Save Us, as well as a frequent contributor to Jacobin magazine and editor of the Radical Urbanist newsletter.
Collectivizations, an initiative from artist Jonas Staal, is a series of online conversations to explore strategies and practices to turn trillion-dollar companies into new commons. In close collaboration with Head of Research Marina Otero Verzier and Head of Programme Flora van Gaalen, Het Nieuwe Instituut cultural workers are involved in exploring the meaning and the future of collectivisation.