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Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive 1st Edition

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"Dean is asking the right questions about online life … We certainly need vigilance and critique to help us resist dotcom charisma, and no one is fiercer or smarter than Dean on this front."
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"Jodi Dean’s Blog Theory takes as its proximate subject the eponymous blog—and its living death … what is offered is both simple and, oddly enough, also hopeful."
Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

"If Ballard invited the 20th century viewer to witness their own mass atrocity exhibition, we now have the update for the 21st century: Jodi Dean's demolition job of the Internet as we know it. With Blog Theory we can finally terminate the hype of blogging and seriously engage the deeply distracted condition of the networked present. The incestuous relationship between journalism and bloggers is exposed to make way for critical reflections on techniques of self-management for our all-too-fragile identities."
Geert Lovink

"Blog Theory is refreshingly free of received ideas about the wonderful new world of media. Jodi Dean manages the difficult art of being critical of new media without becoming a cranky curmudgeon. She uses psychoanalytic concepts to produce a synoptic view of the decline of symbolic efficiency under communicative capitalism, and the way the blogosphere participates in this dissipation of the totems and tokens of what we once thought of as the public sphere. She clears the way for imagining the politics of media by other means."
McKenzie Wark, The New School University

About the Author

Jodi Dean is Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (August 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074564970X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745649702
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Until I read BLOG THEORY, I had no idea that blogging could be looked at from different theoretical perspectives. Jodie Dean's book looks at how blogging sustains networks of enjoyment, production and surveillance; on the other hand, it must also be approached psychoanalytically as an expression of a fundamental human need to communicate. Perhaps her conclusions are a little negative - I, for one, still believe in the power of blogging to encourage self-expression - but it's still an intriguing piece of work.
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