technocapitalism

I Am the Cosmos

2013-11-01

In his review of Christian Moraru’s recent Cosmodernism: American Narrative, Late Globalization, and the New Cultural Imaginary, Aron Pease considers the merits of the periodization advanced in that work. Ultimately, Pease argues that while the emphasis Moraru places on cosmodernism literature’s “relationality” means that the it is able to “register ‘the other’ as a concrete and organizing presence rather than as an abstract theme”, Moraru’s reliance on the nebulous term “globalization” fails to account for the extent to which the literature characterized as cosmodern reflects the political economy of late capitalism.

The Abdication of the Cultural Elite

2013-05-05

Andrew Reynolds reviews Stephen Schryer’s Fantasies of the New Class: Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction, which argues for an instrumental form of intellectual labor in the service of broader social goals. Comparing novelists and sociologists representative of this new class, Schryer detects a self-defeating strategy in their rejection of collective instrumentalism in favor of individual dissemination of cultural education. Where Schryer closes by criticizing recent conceptions of an alternative economy of non-instrumental intellectual work within the university as a fantasy, Reynolds observes a “performative contradiction” at work in Schryer’s text and suggests that it is a good thing.

Free Market Formalism: Reading Economics as Fiction

2011-03-30

“What would a history of postwar U.S. literature look like that did not take society as its major organizing principle?” Daniel Worden reviews Michael Clune’s American Literature and the Free Market, 1945-2000, which traces the emergence of the “economic fiction,” in which the market is neither a mystified form of social relations nor an expression of individual values, but a virtual economy that structures experience.

Dead Trees, or Dead Formats?

2010-11-04

David Haeselin reviews Ted Striphas’ The Late Age of Print, which explores the crucial role of book publishing in today’s society of controlled consumption. The oft-repeated death knell for reading, Striphas argues, is the
equivalent to a Fox News jeremiad on the death of American morality:
it’s wholly ideological and selective.

The Digital Potential: Leaving Open the Future of Scholarship and the University

2009-09-01

Taking seriously author Gary Hall’s ground-up rethinking of the
university, David Parry raises an issue not addressed in Digitize This
Book
, namely - what if Hall’s own field of Cultural Studies has no
future as a discipline in the university’s digital future?

Electronic Literature: Where Is It?

2008-12-28

Countering Andrew Gallix’s suggestion in The Guardian that
electronic literature is finished, author Dene Grigar indicates that
it may not be e-lit, but rather the institution of humanities
teaching, that is in a state of crisis - and e-lit in fact could be
well placed one to revive the teaching of literature in schools and universities.

Two Gestures, While Waiting for a Third

2003-11-15

Juggling economies and unknotting threads, Victor Vitanza pulls back to drop the curtain, theoretically, on The Politics of Information.

Teaching the Cyborg (5 of 5)

2003-11-12

The Politics of Information: fifth and final installment under the Technocapitalist thread.

The Florida Research Ensemble and the Prospects for an Electronic Humanities

2003-11-11

Chris Carter and Greg Ulmer dialogue through e-mails on the mission of the FRE.

Women in the Web

2003-11-10

Katie King on the challenges and rewards, in her own life and the lives of her students, that emerge when writing about personal encounters with technology.

The Fan’s Desire and Technopower

2003-11-09

Whether they fret over Ziggy Stardust or the condition of posthumanity, fans and scholars share, argues Harvey Molloy, a few habits of mind.

Next Generation Student Resources: A Speculative Primer

2003-11-08

A survey of humanities research websites (and how to teach with them) by Susan Schreibman.

Resistance Through Hypertext: ACTing UP in the Electronic Classroom

2003-11-06

Laura Sullivan and her students explore webwriting
and content provision as activist tools.

The Informatics of Higher Education (4 of 5)

2003-10-05

In The Politics of Information, v.4, Bousquet, Wills, and Co bring their critique home to Higher Education.

The Information University

2003-10-04

Marc Bousquet discusses university labor delivered in “the mode of information.”

The Digital Downside: Moving from Craft to Factory Production in Online Learning

2003-10-04

Tim Luke takes on the business of online learning.

From Utopianism to Weak Messianism: Electronic Culture’s Spectral Moment

2003-10-03

Stephanie Tripp addresses Spectres of Marx, the text featuring some of Derrida?s most detailed encounters with both historical materialism and information technology.

Michael Milken and the Corporate Raid on Education

2003-10-03

Junk bond swami Michael Milken jumped out of prison a few years ago and into for-profit education. Ken Saltman submits Milken’s latest venture to the light of day.

Textual Events (3 of 5)

2003-09-14

How to commodify “intellectual property” when the object, a text, is made of other texts, and each reading is a re-writing? The Politics of Information, Part 3, considers the identity of event and machine.

What’s Left: Materialist Responses to the Internet

2003-09-13

Urging adaptibility and breadth, Mark Poster takes issue with the niches bored by early Internet critiques.

Before and After the Web: George P. Landow (interviewed by Harvey L. Molloy)

2003-09-13

George Landow talks with Harvey Molloy about personal projects and future Web speculations.

Intellectual Property Law, Freedom of Expression, and the Web

2003-09-12

Kembrew McLeod, fresh from having trademarked the phrase freedom of expression®, speeds through the domain name scandals of the information superhighway.

What's Mine is Mine, and What's Yours Is Mine: Ownership in Online Universities

2003-09-12

Paul Collins on collegiate content: syllabus, discussions, lectures, and all.

Patched In: A Conversation with Anne-Marie Schleiner about Computer Gaming Culture

2003-09-11

An essay by Tara McPherson (and a conversation with Anne-Marie Schleiner) concerning patch mutations, opensorcery, and other explainable gaming offshoots.

The Politics of Information (Part 2 of 5)

2003-09-01

Part 2 of The Politics of Information, a collection that reintroduces class and materiality to the study of technocultures.

Metadiversity: On the Unavailability of Alternatives to Information

2003-08-30

Tempering the myth of global variety, David Golumbia processes the dominance of English in digital environments - and a highly standardized English at that.

Prospects for a Materialist Informatics: An Interview with Donna Haraway

2003-08-30

Lisa Nakamura questions Donna Haraway about race, speed, and the cyborg.

Social Worlds of the Information Society: Lessons from the Calumet Region

2003-08-29

U.S. Steel chiefs and AOL-Time Warner executives span one hundred years of decimation wrapped in rhetoric. John Monberg annotates their enduring logics of expansion.

Sim Capital: General Intellect, World Market, Species Being, and the Video Game

2003-08-29

Nick Dyer-Witheford figures the place of video games in the global market, drawing on Marx’s “species being” for scratch paper.

Virtuality and VRML: Software Studies After Manovich

2003-08-29

A call for (and example of) material studies of software from Matt Kirschenbaum, spurred by the Digital Arts and Culture conference, 2000.

The Politics of Information: A Critical E-Book Under Way

2003-08-17

On the imminent publication of the first alt-x critical e-book.

Beyond the Voting Machine

2003-08-02

Marc Bousquet introduces a forthcoming Altx critical e-book, hosted online by ebr, appearing in five sections through the Fall of 2003. A new ebr thread, Technocapitalism, is built around its concerns.

Electronic Pies in the Poetry Skies

2003-08-01

Charles Bernstein’s reflections on populism, democracy, and authority in the turbulent waters of web discussion groups and other new Internet sites.

Resisting the Interview

2003-07-31

Katherine Wills’ anti-interview with Mark Amerika about Internet art.

Delete the Border!

2003-07-31

A first-person narrative of Hactivism, Performance, and growing up at the U.S./Mexico Border from Fran Ilich.

The Selling of E-The People

2003-07-31

Bennett Voyles’ retrospective on the apolitical Nineties, and the fate of democratic electronic activism without content.

The Censoring of Burn!

2003-07-30

The story of an activist website’s shutdown, as told by DeeDee Halleck, with interstitial e-mails.

Illegal Knowledge: Strategies for New Media Activism

2003-07-30

A discussion of net.activism, net.tactics, and strategy featuring Bruce Simon, Geert Lovink, Chris Carter, and Ricardo Dominguez.

Histories of the Future

2003-06-22

Steve Shaviro reviews Tomorrow Now by Bruce Sterling, a book that (for an eminent cyberpunk novelist) is perhaps too sane and sensible.

Free Labor: Producing Culture for the Digital Economy

2003-06-20

In between bubble and burst, e-commerce drew much of its content from donated labor. Tiziana Terranova questions just how “free” such labor has proved in practice.

Notes From the Digital Overground

1995-12-30

Mark Amerika on establishing an electronic publishing network in the no-man’s land between the commercial, the academic, and the underground.