The Long Tail of the Coastline

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I got to that point in Hakim Bey’s TAZ where he describes the concept of Psychotopology.

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State’s control is space-oriented.

It doesn’t matter if this space represents inches (RL) or bits (SL).

Every State has a border line. Every State is a Borderline.

Whoever is inside the border line is under the State’s control.

Temporary Autonomous Zones exist.

TAZ is a physical space, although it gives place to a metaphysical space.

Maps are never accurate. A map can never be accurate. Coastlines, for instance, are never accurate because of their fractal nature.

Because of the fractalic, chaotic nature of complex systems, there will always be a place outside of the map.

TAZ uses the fractal leftovers as temporary bases. Using Web2.0 lingua franca, we would say that TAZ is using the long tail of the coastline.

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200km, 100km, 50km:

Conceptual TAZes will always exist

TAZ occupies those fractal spaces not yet mapped.

The topographic map is an alegory.

The State (and the Society) has many other maps: moral map, ideological map, sociological map, economical map and so forth.

No map is accurate. TAZ encampments are always possible.

Attacks on ideological maps are the most painful. Foucault pointed out that niether the army nor the police are as strong as ideologies whenever the subject is the taming of the shrew.

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