Public Forum on " the New Economy" and Globalisation
from November 1st, 2000 on on the internet
"e-distrust.net" is the name of a public forum that will be operating from 1st November 2000 on to discuss "the New Economy" and Globalisation. You are invited to actively participate by contributing your own articles and texts on this topic.
Under the headword "the New Economy", the economy, as restructured in the nineties, enters a new phase of acceleration and mobilisation, now also in Europe. The commercialisation of the Internet is providing a new trigger to motivate a whole generation into start-ups: after the big rave in the party scene it is cool now "to be an entrepreneur". IT jobs are valorised through advertising campaigns and media reports, and "entrepreneurial thinking and acting" is deliberately made attractive. In an alliance with the globalised capital market, which can free a huge potential of flexible capital, a dynamic is evolving - reminiscent of previous boom times such as early industrialisation or the introduction of production lines - which also has massive cultural and social impacts. A more differentiated discussion of the interests and principles represented by the New Economy, and all the related hopes and desires, hardly exists at the moment.
Therefore, the e-distrust.net forum is intended to link together various critical debates regarding the current economic developments and their social and cultural effects. The central aim is to enable a direct exchange of personal observations, reports, reflections and analyses between authors, theorists and cultural workers, as well as the strengthening of a cultural and critical perspective.
The forum in the Internet will serve to focus and co-ordinate the discourse. All copyrights remain with the authors. A joint mailing list, which is connected to the forum, enables any ideas and suggestions to be exchanged at any time, such as for example, suggestions of new people to be invited to join, as well as how the forum should evolve or change.
You can send in your own texts, or collections of existing texts and articles and/or write new contributions. The texts can be filed under existing topics, or under your own, newly defined topic category. Newly published texts will be sent to all participants via the mailing list. The forum is openly accessible to public visitors, and under their own special headings the published contributions can be commented on by any visitor, whether registered or not.
The primary language will be English. Texts in other languages, however, may also be filed. It may be possible to have texts translated into English at a later stage.