Rather than focus on who produces cultural artifacts through online avenues I want to focus on who builds the infrastructure as a whole. Not who designs apps, but who constructs the programming language and hardware they run on.
If virtual bodies are to be taken seriously, real-world politics will enter into the equation. But of course, cyberculture had real-world political intent all along.
Surviving independent critic Jennifer Allen, for one, has argued criticism is not dead, but is in fact mutating into a funny little creature borne of critic–curators: a cura-cism with no clear divisions of labour, a stylistic potpourri of gently overlapping conflicts of interest, which strives to convey a theory-driven contextualization of art to a shifting, heterogeneous public. A public it can nonetheless disappoint.
Essayism consists in a self-absorbed subject feeling around life, exercising what Theodor Adorno called the “essay’s groping intention,” approaching everything tentatively and with short attention, drawing analogies between the particular and the universal.