Examining how a technology works is a powerful way of finding out what it is to live as a particular kind of subject. – Brian Larkin “Every medium carries with it its own distinctive worldview or metaphysics" (Jos de Mul 2010: 89).
But why all of these protests now?
Today we view reality as programmable
From this theoretical approach what kinds of hypotheses can we now make? Space and place become part of the story that gets told about the events through media. They structure the story and the story structures our understanding of them. The constellation of participation in protest events looks like a network. There is no leader, each node seems to have equal status and power except those who occupy important positions in the network (switchers, programmers). If we indeed view our reality as programmable, our worldviews are taking on the metaphysics of technology.
In sum, as we now live in media we can answer the question of why all of these protests are happening now with this quote from philosopher, VilemFlusser : ”We begin to liberate ourselves from the tyranny of alleged reality"