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Re: [jox] Critical Studies in Peer production or Critical Studies in Commons Production?

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as stated before, I also favour the current name,

and just for the record, the trend towards the commons in many different
fields is not a hype, but closely related to the emergence of peer
production, which through its creation of digital commons and generalizing
the practice of 'commoning', has also had the effect to re-ignite the
interest in other forms of the commons.

This is not to say that there will not a big amount of commons-washing, just
as there is with other terms like sustainability and resilience, but that
doesn't make any of these terms automatically hypes .. (I don't necessarily
believe that some people have a crystal ball to detect hypes)

Furthermore, it has been my experience that in more mainstream audience, the
concept of the commons is more easily understood and accepted that that of
the commons,

it  seems to me that the most fruitful strategy is to show their
inter-relationship: peer to peer is the relational dynamic; peer production
the process (commoning), whereby  commons are created or maintained

all of this of course does not mean that we should use it in the name of our

On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 3:48 PM, Stefan Merten <smerten> wrote:

Hi Mathieu, all!

5 days ago Mathieu ONeil wrote:
In this regard, the fact that the journal is called Critical Studies in
Peer Production (CSPP) is starting to bother me a little, because it
puts, in my view, too much emphasis on the _process_ (peer production,
which is to certain extent dependent on, and enmeshed in capitalism)
rather than on the sought-after _result_ of the process, the production
commons. So I am wondering if a more appropriate title for the journal
might not
be Critical Studies in Commons Production (CSCP)?

I share the points made by others in favor of "peer production".

In addition I'd like to make the following point: The topic of commons
seems to me like being the current hype among leftists. I don't follow
the debate close enough but in that debate I saw mixing of ancient
concepts with peer production. This doesn't help peer production or an
understanding of it.

In addition: Hypes like this cool down and then they are yesterday's
news which are not relevant any more. I don't think the journal has
deserved this fate and thus should not use a current hype which
vanishes in a few years.

Using "commons production" would blur the topic of the journal which
IMHO would help nobody.

I'd also like to emphasize that "(commons-based) peer production"
meanwhile is a rather well-established notion for what this journal is
(or was?) about.



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