Feudalisation of the Internet

In the lecture Dr Teodor Mitew described feudalisation as vague and widely contest term. Medieval society context was applied where focus was on the lords and peasants. Feudalism is a patchwork of practices spread over centuries in which the ruler or lord have all the control over the land and the use of it and the peasants were required to pay for the use of land and they were also required to comply with the rules and regulations.

If we mentally visualize this in modernized society, we are the peasants and at the same time, the Internet is the ruler. There are enterprise who own the right to accessible information, and there are ordinary users who have constraints placed upon them regarding the use of enterprise.

There is a large role played by the walled gardens in the feudalization of the Internet. This includes Apple App store, Facebook, Amazon, google play etc. It’s where we spend most of our free time, it protects us from the “the big band net” curating content hiding the unnecessary information. However there is some limitation, our personal metadata.

Apple’s Iphone is a great example of the walled garden- where a single individual controls the platform and has the right to access function and operation.

There are uncountable issues when talking about the Internet, but the major issues are privacy and surveillance (control). Advertising corporations are benefiting as their profit comes from the information of users and what they share, with the progression of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Google. Surveillance is going to be a huge issue.ย ย 

Mitew state in the lecture that,ย 

“The more we know about you, the more valuable your data is, the more of it we want to keep”.ย 

The internet knows more about us than our best friends. Mind Blasting thought to think is that everything we have done on the Internet is there somewhere. However to play in the wall garden of the Internet, we have to pay the price.


Signing off,ย 

Khan Sultana Nazish



Mitew, T. 2017, “The Feudalisation of the Internet”, Week 6 Lecture Prezi slides Notes, accessed online 9/10/2017 http://prezi.com/qopqxh6ktl1j/the-feudalisation-of-the-internet/




3 thoughts on “Feudalisation of the Internet”

  1. Hmm quite detailed writing with good conceptual background details to understand deeply about Feudalisation. I beg to differ, i’d like to know if internet is the ruler; it still doesn’t have full authority over its channels to control information flows so in a way isn’t the internet just the medium slash ruler we could say. It doesn’t exactly hold equal authority compared to a ruler.

    Its frightening how internet can actually know more about you then you would know about yourself. We all must be careful of what we put out there on the internet because that kind of information might even backfire us in some way.

    Focusing on your outline, perhaps you could add in more visuals as i think simply the text might be seen as too wordy for a blog post. All in all, it was nice to clear out my thoughts regarding feudalisation as it directly linked to our lecture notes. Keep up with the writing Nazish. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Of course Internet doesnt have tha full control like rulers did, but to mentally visualize the modern situation, its more likely internet has grabbed our attention and is seemed to be controlling most of us, especially our time, information, opinion , etc. Its in our control if we want to participate or not, but we are in it and its going with the flow.

      Haha, you are right! It gets a bit boring if its too much to blabbering/writing. but adding too many photos can be too much as well. so for this i thought one Meme was enough . But thanks for the advice, i will keep that in mind ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I believe there have been some other attempts in which various companies tried to pull off the ‘walled garden’ the way Apple did but it did not work out well for them. I wonder if that’s because they had the wrong approach altogether or simply because customers know them to be different.

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