Through data processing, their music and culture are opening up a newly-formatted collective bank of knowledge.

”First, electronic data processing, whose most dramatic example is the emergence of the internet, meant that the collective knowledge bank would no longer be fed through routinized "office" channels, but through entirely random and unregulated ones. This produced a n-fold multiplication of circulating data and a diminishment of the prestige of the quality of sources. The end result is a newly tolerated indeterminacy with regard to the quality of knowledge, and a surprising acceptance of the enormous instability of the automatic system that delivers it. In addition to this, the "intelligence" that is embedded into the organizational system itself is unprecedented in the history of bureaucracy. Because it is also a vehicle of social, public, and official life and transactions, and because it is so endowed with automatic process, it both produces knowledge and history, or rather, it allows knowledge and history to be produced instantaneously and without the familiar, mediating, ”pathos of distance."

Sanfort Kwinter, from MUTATIONS