Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High by Nick Dyer-Witheford PDF

By Nick Dyer-Witheford

ISBN-10: 0252067959

ISBN-13: 9780252067952

'In this hugely readable and thought-provoking paintings, Nick Dyer-Witheford assesses the relevance of Marxism in our time and demonstrates how the data age, faraway from transcending the historical clash among capital and its laboring matters, constitutes the most recent battleground of their come upon. Dyer-Witheford maps the dynamics of contemporary capitalism, displaying how capital relies for its operations not only on exploitation within the instant office, yet at the non-stop integration of a complete sequence of social websites and actions, from public healthiness and maternity to typical source allocation and the geographical reorganization of work strength. He additionally exhibits how those websites and actions might turn into focal issues of subversion and insurgency, as new technique of verbal exchange very important for the sleek circulation of capital additionally enable another way remoted and dispersed issues of resistance to attach and mix with one another'.'Cutting during the smokescreen of high-tech propaganda, Dyer-Witheford predicts the arrival of a reinvented, 'autonomist' Marxism that would rediscover the potential for a collective, communist transformation of society. Refuting the utopian grants of the data revolution, he discloses the genuine possibilities for a brand new social order within the type of a twenty-first-century communism in accordance with the typical sharing of wealth'.

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While there will still be work, there will be no working `class,' because class as a collective identity based on adversarial relations of production will have been dissolved. At some points the Tofflers go even further, and suggests that the Third Wave will transform not only work, but also property. This is often represented as a necessary consequence of the economic peculiarities of information intensive goods and services. 50 Because information is not exhausted by use, can be reproduced easily and cheaply, and often multiplies in value the more widely it is distributed, such goods and services are-supposedly--immune from ownership or commodification.

But this will be compensated for by new work, appearing in high technology, information-intensive industries. However, the new jobs will be different from the ones they replace; they will be better jobs. Here information society theory elaborates an argument first influentially stated by the sociologist Robert Blauner during the 1960s in a critique of Marx's theory of alienation--namely, that advanced technology reverses the inhuman, estranging effects of industrial machinery on workers62 49 Computers, it is claimed, are fundamentally different from earlier forms of mechanisation.

In an age of instant information, a wired-for-pictures world . . 72 The Tofflers, of course, knew how to truly twist the knife in the wounds of old comrades. Declaring that "the central failure of the great socialist experiment of the 20th century lay in its obsolete ideas about knowledge" they observed that; Marx himself had given the classic definition of a revolutionary moment. It came, he said, when the `social relations of production' (meaning the nature of ownership and control) prevent further development of the `means of 54 production' (roughly speaking, the technology).

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