What happened with trumpism for example is that postfactual truth by Trump and other Selfism-politicians Regula Stämpfli, Trumpism. Ein Phänomen verändert die Welt, Chapter X, Selfism as a political concept. have fed mere repetition of claims digitally. Therefore, Fake News, if repeated enough times, becomes “truth” by mere automatization in the social media. Hashtags, trends, tweets, followers, influencers, codes are not by themselves objective but shaped by the new programming elites. This is, in part, due to a conception of converting complex real-world processes into code, which comprises fallacies and methodological gaps from the very start. Computer programs are not representations of reality; they are essentially stage directions. The transcription of the real into the algorithmic automatically leads to fiction. The methodological oversights of privatized digital infrastructures transform the real world and its inhabitant creatures into subordinates of Big Data, and no one knows exactly how these infrastructures function.
Due to their black box methods, much of the server-side code propping up the tech sector consists of huge anti-truths as in anti-reality and inhumane data gaps. The code-driven futures of the Big Nine, for example, do not serve the common good and therefore common truth finding, but are designed as tools to enrich a tiny, global elite. Regula Stämpfli, Die Macht des richtigen Friseurs, 2007, p. 34.
Democracy Data Gaps are the omissions of essential data from algorithms: they are missing or incorrect data that erode reality, worldly truths, and democracy. For the masses, digitalization, unlike the historical promise of universal “freedom, equality, and solidarity”, means enslavement obfuscated by code. Joseph Weizenbaum once very aptly called this the power of the computer and the powerlessness of reason, emphasising the shift from judgment to calculation. Joseph Weizenbaum, Die Macht der Computer und die Ohnmacht der Vernunft, p. 74. The holistic world and sensual realities are not present in the digital space, so these truths are hidden. In best practice they may be approximated, but most of the time they construct digital worlds in order to control real worldliness. This already should have been clear by 1992, when the computer scientist David Clark bombastically announced: “We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in rough consensus and running code.” Süddeutsche Zeiting, 7.1.2018 With this, he proclaimed an understanding of democracy that for Silicon Valley is still valid today, based on wordlessness. Regula Stämpfli, Das Grosse Datenloch, Swissfuture Magazine, 9/2020
The new IT colonizers follow a mechanistic conception of the world in which methodological criticism, vital to the social sciences and humanities, no longer has a place at all. In the age of digital automation, political communities are no longer made dependent on existing constitutions, the separation of powers, and the rule of law, but on lines of code. Such notions of political society as a digital order are iconoclastic, Regula Stämpfli, Political Iconography as in Hfg IUP IFG. Ulm 1968-2008 edited by Rene Spitz & Regula Stämpfli., p. 113. since their autonomous virtual world no longer strives to be measured against any real-world yardstick – and, due to its complexity, often no longer can be. And despite this, or precisely because of it, incomplete and erroneous computer programs increasingly construct and determine reality. Algorithms design self-fulfilling prophecies about possible futures according to their program specifications, which, in accordance with mathematical logic, always have deficiencies.
In the prevailing age of digital reproduction, Regula Stämpfli on “Digital Reproduction” at the swissfuture conference on “Digital Democracy”, 23.9.2020 scripts that are programmed based on narrow experiences, and full of clichés, serve as information used to bring about exactly those futures, which they themselves predicted. Futuristic methods like monitoring, simulation, and scanning have found daily applications that reproduce existing power dynamics automatically. The techno-capitalists are further empowered when the unquestioned, artificial, data infiltrate and influence people’s lives without their consent, forcing them into a denial of reality. Again: Truth in the Digital Age is therefore an oxymoron: Reality cannot be coded. Just because correlations are impressive, they are neither true nor binding or as my mother would have it: “Just because everybody screams HEIL, the HEIL is never right.”