WikiLeaks – you know it makes sense

Following on from Clay Shirky’s Ted Talks ideas on ‘institutions v collaboration’, WikiLeaks appears as a good example of the collaborative model. Critical estimations are being made around the real value of what is being leaked and whether this is a just new style of press agency (Reuters, Fox, BBC, Guardian etc). Others are backing the areas of risk and truth that WikiLeaks are getting into and with a political determination to precisely inform the widest community. This appears to come along with a mission to affect conventional power base tactics of lying, withholding and misinforming, including nation states, corporations, state media, politicians, individuals and so on in a convention of abusing institutional authority and prioritising self-interest.
The very idea of secrecy and the motivations of power (crazed?) actors and companies at work on the planet, made available through WikiLeaks is enough to fuel comfortable paranoia into a perpetual ‘fear and loathing’. But it remains a fascinating story about this emergent collaborative, about how much we don’t know and if we were ever to find out something compellingly dangerous and important to have in the public domain (the common) – to ask ourselves, what shall we do about it? It could create a break with the convention of much behavioural values of accepting uncomfortable truths because our job is at stake or not to question because we don’t want to rock the boat or to become complicit through feigning ignorance.

In the spirit of ‘serendipity and co-production’ if anyone out their would like to blow the whistle or send something equivalent in the creativity/arts domains from your own experience, autobiographically or factually with documentation, then you can post it here, as a response to this post. We will then make an artwork of some kind utilising the comments.


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