Authenticity in the infrastructure of knowledge

Presence and trust raise the issue of authenticity. Online there is hegemony of text. Existence on the Internet only occurs in the infrastructure of knowledge. This subverts existing authenticities in societies.

There are over a hundred versions of the story of Rama as they have been told over the centuries. Today on the Internet there are only two or three. Normally people online can judge real from fake, especially in a series of transactions. However people with a lot of smartness and who take a lot of effort can ‘con’ a community.