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Publication date: 2 February 2021

Paul Dylan-Ennis

This article is concerned with the fundamental differences between Landian accelerationism and the tradition that most closely resembles it within organization studies and process…

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This article is concerned with the fundamental differences between Landian accelerationism and the tradition that most closely resembles it within organization studies and process organization studies. Accelerationists and process theorists seem to have much in common, since both bear the influence of vitalism, but there are important conceptual differences that need to be brought to light for accelerationist organization studies (AOSs).

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This paper is a straightforward comparison of the fundamental philosophical principles orienting both process organization studies, especially those gleaned from phenomenology and speculative metaphysics, and Landian accelerationism.

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Process organization studies address a localized disciplinary bias towards stability over change and leverage phenomenology and speculative metaphysics to overcome it. Landian accelerationism is a radical account of the supersession of the human by inhuman forces and abandons phenomenology and speculative metaphysics as vitalist variants of correlationism. The two perspectives are shown to be broadly incompatible.

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The introduction of accelerationism into organization studies will invariably see it compared with the vitalist strains of process organization studies. This paper emphasizes some of the important differences that exist between these traditions in preparation for an emerging accelerationist organization study tradition.

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Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol. 34 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0953-4814

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Publication date: 1 July 2024

Paul Dylan-Ennis

A Web3 lifeworld consists of an imaginary and a shared commons. A Web3 imaginary is shown to include most, if not all, of the following: (i) the stated goal or purpose of the…

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A Web3 lifeworld consists of an imaginary and a shared commons. A Web3 imaginary is shown to include most, if not all, of the following: (i) the stated goal or purpose of the community, (ii) the behavioral norms, (iii) the lore or history, and (iv) what is opposed. A typical Web3 commons is shown to involve three elements: hash (technical), bash (social) and cash (finance). When changes come in Web3, the response is enacted using an available lever from the hash, bash, cash model of decentralized organization, but the response must not be in friction with the community’s imaginary, or it will most likely grind to a halt. Effective response to change becomes part of the Web3 lifeworld’s toolkit.

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Defining Web3: A Guide to the New Cultural Economy
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83549-600-8

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Defining Web3: A Guide to the New Cultural Economy
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83549-600-8

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Publication date: 1 July 2024

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Defining Web3: A Guide to the New Cultural Economy
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83549-600-8

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Publication date: 1 July 2024

Quinn DuPont

This paper critically evaluates the political economy of Web3 and offers a neo-institutional model to explain qualitative observations of contemporary digital social movements. By…

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This paper critically evaluates the political economy of Web3 and offers a neo-institutional model to explain qualitative observations of contemporary digital social movements. By starting to develop a sociological model of Web3 rooted in micro-organizational practices, including trust mediation and social coproduction, this paper re-evaluates assumptions of scarcity, economic value, and social belonging. It concludes by introducing a novel research program to study digital polycentric governance that focuses on community self-governance of digital common pool resources (DCPRs) and looks forward to empirical research using on-chain datasets from decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs).

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Defining Web3: A Guide to the New Cultural Economy
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83549-600-8

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Publication date: 1 July 2024

Tara Merk and Rolf Hoefer

Like an online carnival, Web3 aims to turn the internet’s social order upside down. Unlike a carnival, Web3 wants to be more than a weeklong party and morph into a legitimate…

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Like an online carnival, Web3 aims to turn the internet’s social order upside down. Unlike a carnival, Web3 wants to be more than a weeklong party and morph into a legitimate substitute for the internet’s status quo. Web3’s secret sauce for upheaval is decentralized, permissionless technologies, in particular blockchain technologies. In this exploratory paper, we draw on the concept of institutional isomorphism to muse about Web3’s future and to highlight the inherent tension between striving to be different from Web2 yet wanting to become more legitimate. We argue that technical merits are hardly enough to realize Web3’s high aspirations. Regulatory pressures, rampant uncertainty, and the professional norms of Web3 participants drive the space to adopt many of the organizational structures and practices that it aims to displace. To maintain divergence from Web2, despite isomorphic pressures, we suggest that it is important to increase the overall diversity of people in Web3, to double down on the value of decentralization, and to reaffirm Web3’s commitment to creatively re-imagine various institutional arrangements.

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Defining Web3: A Guide to the New Cultural Economy
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83549-600-8

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Publication date: 1 July 2024

Victoria Lemieux

This paper argues that the concept of “jouissance” can help us understand the popularity of blockchain protocols, meme-coins, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the world of Web3…

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This paper argues that the concept of “jouissance” can help us understand the popularity of blockchain protocols, meme-coins, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the world of Web3. These technologies act as mirrors to project reflections that allow people to imagine social and personal selves differently. Meme-coins use dark humor to oppose mainstream society, and the popularity of NFTs cannot be fully explained by artistic merit or return on investment. Instead, each collectible NFT allows the collector to explore various possible representations of the self. It is argued that blockchains must be seen as socio-informational-technical systems that participate in the formation of the symbolic social structures giving rise to social and personal identity. By recognizing the personal and social significance of jouissance, we can appreciate the darker, more primal aspects of these phenomena that other theories and approaches cannot fully explain.

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Defining Web3: A Guide to the New Cultural Economy
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83549-600-8

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Publication date: 1 July 2024

Geert Lovink

This paper explores the rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and their impact on the art world. By examining the esthetics and political economy of crypto art and its relationship…

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This paper explores the rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and their impact on the art world. By examining the esthetics and political economy of crypto art and its relationship to online pop culture, it questions the value of NFTs and whether they truly represent a source of income for artists or simply contribute to the speculative nature of crypto investments. This paper concludes by asserting that the world of crypto art is dominated by right-wing libertarians and black box algorithms, and that a radical redistribution of wealth is necessary to address the issues of power, race, and gender within the industry.

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Defining Web3: A Guide to the New Cultural Economy
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83549-600-8

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Publication date: 1 July 2024

Sandra Faustino

This paper explores the influence of financialization in the post-2008 credit crisis, which led to a general mistrust in financial institutions and states. Simultaneously, Web3…

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This paper explores the influence of financialization in the post-2008 credit crisis, which led to a general mistrust in financial institutions and states. Simultaneously, Web3 and digital finance emerged as a way to navigate this problematic state of affairs, and many individuals were drawn to the agency of machines, code, and algorithms in making a deviation from austerity toward some form of liberation. Taking the form of an oracle reading, this paper uses the “Gambler” archetype to explore the subjective movement of those who engage with digital finance as a strategy to face the generalized climate of austerity and to claim their share of the economy, now that work has ceased to be a lifetime calling.

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Defining Web3: A Guide to the New Cultural Economy
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83549-600-8

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Publication date: 1 July 2024

Bill Maurer

Drawing on anthropological perspectives, this paper argues that the fungibility of objects and the ability to exchange them for money is a defining characteristic of capitalist…

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Drawing on anthropological perspectives, this paper argues that the fungibility of objects and the ability to exchange them for money is a defining characteristic of capitalist markets. In contrast, other systems of reckoning value emphasize the unique relationships within which objects are embedded and their inability to stand for just any other thing. This paper further highlights the role of slavery in the origins and continued dominance of capitalism and the existence of alternative systems such as cooperativism and sharing that are often overlooked. This paper then examines the Saussurean and Peircean semiotics underlying the concept of money as an abstract sign and argues that non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in blockchain technology contradict these theories by emphasizing pure uniqueness and rendering objects non-transformable or inconvertible. This paper concludes by warning against the dangers of a future where fungibility is absent, as it is necessary for life and the generation of new and different possibilities.

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Defining Web3: A Guide to the New Cultural Economy
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83549-600-8

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