This writing is in large part a brief continuation of my previous post entitled “Pirates in ‘The Cloud’s or the T.A.Z. Cloud”, in which I set out to begin exploring the intersections of Pirate Utopias/Temporary Autonomous Zones and ‘The Cloud’. This continuing investigation and thought experiment was inspired predominantly by Kester Brewin‘s recent book Mutiny!, which explains the socio-cultural significance that piracy has played throughout the ages and on into the present, and also by Thomas Koulopoulos‘ book Cloud Surfing , which explores the immense potential and disruptive capabilities of ‘The Cloud’.
It seems that in many ways my previous post was much belated by at least a week. Just one week prior what may very well be the most infamous and possibly the most visited BitTorrent, The Pirate Bay, made a captivating and intriguing announcement.
So, first we ditched the trackers.
Then we got rid of the torrents.
Now? Now we’ve gotten rid of the servers. Slowly and steadily we are getting rid of our earthly form and ascending into the next stage, the cloud.
The cloud, or Brahman as the hindus call it, is the All, surrounding everything. It is everywhere; immaterial, yet very real.
If there is data, there is The Pirate Bay.
Our data flows around in thousands of clouds, in deeply encrypted forms, ready to be used when necessary. Earth bound nodes that transform the data are as deeply encrypted and reboot into a deadlock if not used for 8 hours.
All attempts to attack The Pirate Bay from now on is an attack on everything and nothing. The site that you’re at will still be here, for as long as we want it to. Only in a higher form of being. A reality to us. A ghost to those who wish to harm us.
Adapt or be forever forgotten beneath the veils of maya.
The Pirate Bay is the first site of its kind to become completely and entirely Cloud based. Their decision to do so was as a means of stifling and avoiding the raids of law enforcement which they have frequently experience and been subject to. The magnitude of the the Pirate Bay’s maneuver is unprecedented. Their totalizing move into the Cloud is a near precise example of the paradigmatic subversiveness that is readily available in the Cloud, especially when harnessed by the autonomic hand of Piracy. This is a profound exercise in the ‘unblocking of culture and the commons’, as the Pirate Bay has “managed to take away money from the equation of information distribution.”
This is also a poignant illustration of exactly how optimal the Cloud is for creating, constructing, organizing, and ultimately enacting Pirate Utopias and Temporary Autonomous Zones. This may indeed represent one of the most advanced evolutionary developments of T.A.Z. Thanks to the Cloud this is T.A.Z. occurring at a meta level, freed from the constraints of physical context, and unchained from the limitations of geographic location. This is the Pirate Utopia set from metaphysics, paradoxically everywhere and no where, the transcendent and intangible wholly transfigured into here and now, radically immanent, permeating everything. It is the T.A.Z. become one with the “All surrounding everything.” The Pirate Utopia that is “immaterial, yet very real.”
It seems that the entrance of the Pirate Utopia into the Cloud represents the T.A.Z. at its most dialectical. This is where, as Thomas Altizer would say, “absolute nothingness is an absolute totality, and as such can be understood as an ultimate dissolution of every possible dualism” (Altizer, 16). It is where T.A.Z “realizes itself only by losing all the essence and substance of itself” (39). The deepest and most ultimate affirmation occurs and arrives through the deepest and most ultimate negation (56).
“For everyone is now no one, every actual ‘I’ has now disappeared or is silent, a new anonymity is now truly all in all, and this as the consequence of the birth of a truly new world” (69).