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Ylva Hasselberg: Stem digitalbolsjevismen – was afraid if the paper and the money

In October published Anna-Lena Laurén a brilliant article about teknikbolsjevism (DN 14/10). Common sense has given way to the absolute requirement to use certain technical solutions. The not godvilligt download the right app can no longer count on public services such as buses or banking services. The argument was specious. It is lacking in rationality and democracy, when man shall be adapted to the non-functioning technical solutions.

One aspect of the teknikbolsjevismen is our approach to the paper. It is a material that is not particularly appreciated anymore. Like other physical materials, it takes place. It must be stored. This means in business terms that a cost occurs. The banks no longer want to store paper and they make it difficult and expensive for customers to deposit paper (banknotes).

not happy to receive the paper any longer and in some cases they refuse to sell things to pappersinnehavare. The libraries (in particular, forskningsbiblioteken) do not want to store the paper and they get to choose between paper and electronic copies makulerar the happy paper. Older librarians with the experience of the ”physical acquisition and samlingsbyggande” retire and are replaced by younger, specialised on teaching about search services and databases. Committees and boards are to be equipped with tablet computers, and receive their documents electronically. You do not have to sort and bundle and of course – it saves a forest. Democracy may be problems when the battery is charging out – it will only take.

the Paper has to be without the prut away and at my workplace has been very symbolic and consistently decided to abolish the buckets. Is there any junk you get to do in the way to återvinningscentralen in the corridor, or pile it on the desktop.

the Riksbank guarantees, however, still access to cash. It may seem anachronistic for the banknotes are still printed on paper. But still. Cash has all the right to use. You can be denial of a debit card or with refusal of a bank account. The banks are private actors and have no obligation to have each one as a customer. The cash also provides the complete protection of anonymity – they leave no electronic trail.

easily add the seizure of their citizens ' electronic credits if the get the banks to cooperate. You should have to get a hold on the money in the mattresses to get beautiful look in a substantive way. Cash is thus both democratic and integritetsvänliga. In addition, they are difficult to falsify. You want to steal them requires their physical form is being worn, carried, tucked.

How is it with books and newspapers? Also they are platskrävande and difficult to corrupt. A physical book is a resource that the holder necessarily has. Library with physical books and magazines could borrow them as long as the paper is for the wear and tear. It costs nothing to borrow at the Swedish public libraries or research libraries.

Knowledge fixed on paper is a democratic right as long as libraries continue to keep pappersmedier and as long as new publications are released on paper. This is not the case at all with electronic media. They require the equipment to be used and the one that does not have the right technology do not have access to them. It costs money to have access to the electronic media, for libraries and for the individual.

the media do not that you necessarily have them in their possession. If you have purchased a subscription that is stored electronically by a company which ceases to exist, the ownership is in practice uncertain. It is a contingent property. In addition, this property corrupted servers can be attacked, and electricity disappear.

During the autumn, was subjected to Ekonomikum in Uppsala, sweden for a four-hour long power cuts on a regular day of the week. It went neither to search databases or to use the desktop computer. Or contact the students. Or get lunch in the lunchmatsalen. Or registration. Or get coffee. But it was to teach. And to read printed books.

the Books and notes have the paper in common. Notes, literary scholar Mary Poovey has shown, is a kind of literature. There are things to learn from this comparison? It may be just as important to keep knowledge available as to hold banknotes? It is wise and long-term sense to deliberately undermine the physical collections at Swedish research libraries? Place for the books we have in this country, so much can safely say.

between notes and books. There is no central Bank that ensures our books. It is open to us to dump the pressure at the tip for knowledge has less protection than the currency in Sweden as well as everywhere on the earth. So do we, so far, not with the notes.

My suggestion is that we stop us in our teknikbolsjevistiska rationaliseringsiver, thinking about a lap of everything from wars and power outages to the ease of use and social rights and their connection with the paper and money.

Footnote: Mary Poovey, ”Genres of the credit economy” (Chicago University Press, 2008).

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