FIFTY SHADES OF COMMONS AND ENCLOSURES

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Ever since the Enclosure Act occurs in Britain since the 18th century, what is quite striking the most about the irony of the Commons is the inherent magnitude at which Capitalists and the monetary markets had been succeeding in manipulating and influencing the ranks and files of the Commons’ relationships. I find it particularly upsetting having to condone the notion of a few wealthy men owning over ¾ of the land and, also historically, or rather manipulatively, winning the vote on tax haven instead of the many peasants at the mercy of daily survival struggles, that earns them nothing closer more than ‘pennies-above-their-bread’.

If anything there would be — the events that gave muscle to the start of the industrial revolution took its roots from the activities undertaken by, and the incidents that led to, many of those peasants and poor labourers having to migrate to urban centres as they are being continually forced by landed aristocrats from their ‘village commons’ while enclosing it as their own properties. Reflecting back now, I do really think that, that ‘perverted’ practice of fencing-off common pastures and dispossessing the poor from their common-space could be likened to our contemporary experience of government interference and their ‘behind-the-scene’ policies and controls of social media and the creative commons in the UK —- a definitive indication that enclosures is still very much in the corners of the heart of contemporary governance, who daily struggle to poise themselves as open, fair and popular with regard to issues of social justice and equity.

Before I mention any expose of the newest social-media craze (most especially with facebook and twitter) that is presently blazing through the Internet, and the magnitude at which people are securing invites to the websites in droves, let me quickly note that although, there is something sometimes good about social media and sometimes there’s not. Creative Commons, especially those prevalent within the social media circuit were created, often, and most especially, to share software documentations, personal manuals, pieces and other innovative stuffs that can benefit collaborative works. Using these materials in an open interactive field within this learning conception, anyone using the software’s and manuals can extend the piece with their own original knowledge, and share further so that everyone benefits.

By using Creative Commons License, it becomes much easier to use or copy other people’s entire contents without modifications, so long as the authors are referenced and a link of the original source is acknowledged for the records. Although commercial use may not be allowed — changing a context, a line or an entire paragraph, or just simply adding several other parts of the documents or materials can still be encouraged — all in a spirit of promoting creative or knowledge commons (or in which ever parlance we want to call it), however, what we are experiencing today is a different ball game —there is a thin line and difference between USE and ABUSE — by simply using something with common sense, logic and without having to seek or exploit legal loopholes could count for proper use — anything beyond that can be discerningly regarded as an abuse, as evident in the deluge of cases of Internet trolls being spied upon by government agents and the Police.

What a lot of us versatile development students who follow current affairs and trends do know is, that in those days precluding the mad rush for social-media craze, only a few know that commons abuse was so plain and lucid that even some of the most determined supporters of enclosures find a way of demurely denouncing it emphatically, just like the 17th century English Levellers. But in this era of ‘fifty shades of everything’, the present challenge is how do we now begin to position ourselves as rural internet rebels hedging out and promoting enclosure riots? — A food for thought for all Enclosures and Commons students.

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One Response to “FIFTY SHADES OF COMMONS AND ENCLOSURES”

  1. mktkwaddoreen Says:

    This is a very intelligent script.

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