- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Verso; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781680930
- ISBN-13: 978-1781680933
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep 1st Edition
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“A fascinating short book.”
—New York Times Magazine
“A dark, brilliant book”
—Michael Hardt, Artforum
“A polemic as finely concentrated as a line of pure cocaine.”
—Los Angeles Review of Books
“A humane & bracingly splenetic counterblast.”
—Steven Poole, New Statesman
“24/7 is the capstone of Crary’s archeology of the spectacle and arguably the most significant of the lot. It’s informed by the erudition of one of the most thorough and original researchers on the planet. The vast bodies of knowledge Crary seamlessly weaves together in 24/7 is reminiscent of the work of Michel Foucault …[and] marked by a moral passion that fuels Crary’s polemic and underscores what’s at stake, specifically the future of the human being in both the physical and emotional sense. Plus, it’s eminently readable.”
“The 24/7 phantasmagoria of digital exchange impresses the commodity deep into the body’s tissues, leaving only sleep as a partial respite. Jonathan Crary updates Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man with a vigilant critique of the totality of the seemingly eternal present of this pseudo-world.”
—McKenzie Wark, author of The Spectacle of Disintegration
"Crary’s polemic against the demands of 24/7 capitalism brilliantly illuminates the devastating effects of our changed temporality. Enjoined to constant productivity, we consume ourselves, our world, and our capacity collectively to imagine a common future. This is a crucial commentary on the format and tempo of contemporary life."
—Jodi Dean, author of The Communist Horizon
“[An] intelligent and intriguing discussion of how modern monopoly capitalism insinuates itself into the most intimate aspects of our lives … 24/7 is a masterful exploration of the place of the human individual, their dreams and the future of the species in today’s age of nonstop neoliberal capitalism and its multitude of manifestations.”
“Crary makes a smart argument … astute and far-seeing.”
—Erwin Montgomery and Christine Baumgarthuber, The New Inquiry
“Written in a style that compels admiration, Crary ranges from technology to literature, theater to social theory, cinema to economics … the book has the great merit of profoundly renewing our conception of sleep.”
—Gilles Bastin, Le Monde (“Book of the Week”)
“An urgent, funny and scary short book about the political stakes of daily life in the 21st century.”
—Mark Kingwell, Literary Review of Canada
“Crary’s words, whether sumptuous or straightforward, subdued or violent, are like elements of a dream. But in this book dreaming is political."
—Clément Gyhs, Libération
“A timely and important polemic … it cuts through a lot of the starry-eyed nonsense people talk about the empowering nature of new technologies.”
—Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian (“Paperback of the Week”)
“Crary has produced a brilliant and distressing text that offers no simple solutions.”
—Maya Osborne, Review 31
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“A luminous analysis.”
“Crary’s talent as a pamphleteer is unequaled.”
—Corriere della Sera
“Crary’s central thesis is as original in its conception as it is devastating with regard to the phenomena it analyses.”
—Jacques Dubois, Mediapart
“Crary seamlessly weaves together art-historical examples, theoretical concepts, and sociological studies to advance his thesis that sleep (symbolizing a moment of repose in our nonstop lives) is the last bastion of non-capitalistic society.”
—Jeanne Gerrity, Art Practical
“Sleep, for Crary, is part of the everyday that has yet to be fully integrated, where we are vulnerable but also capable of moving into other forms of time. As such, sleep is a resource not only for physiological renewal, but one that provides, the book proposes, an exemplary space for rethinking the basis of the relationship of politics, the imagination and processes of living.”
—Matthew Fuller, Mute
About the Author
Jonathan Crary is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory at Columbia University. His books include Techniques of the Observer and Suspensions of Perception.
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Dr. Crary frames the discussion with the tale of DARPA's quest to engineer a `sleepless soldier' who might better fit into the military's increasingly automated systems of terror, torture and surveillance. The author supposes that these kind of non-sleep technologies will inevitably be adapted by struggling civilian workers and consumers, many of whom are in fact already compelled to develop virtual identities in order to better compete in the cutthroat 24/7 marketplace. The author thoughtfully compares capital's attack on sleep with the broader assault on the earth's resources and the theft of community assets; with the infamous Bhopal disaster serving as an extreme example of the discord that exists between corporate violence and communities at sleep.
Dr. Crary deftly assimilates the thoughts of leading postmodern theorists including Foucault, Agamben, Bauman, Deleuze and others to develop, enrich and articulate his ideas. For example, Dr. Crary argues that the so-called `digital age' is properly understood as capitalism's ongoing project of subsuming individuals within its regime of discipline and control. As individuals depoliticize themselves through their willing submission to screen capture defined by the perquisites of capital, the author suggests that the widespread dissemination of software tools to capture the experiences of end users has falsely substituted for the democratic ideal of human progress.
Drawing from works of art, film and literature to inform his narrative, Dr. Crary discusses how the 'attention economy' has intended to make democracy safe for capitalism. The author explains how 1950s television culture had imposed a regime of habituation and normalcy in the aftermath of a horrific World War, substituting individual dream fulfillment with the desire of mass consumption. The rise of the Internet has only further atomized individuals into their screen lives; thus seeming to have all but obliterated the latent threat of 1960s communal idealism from our memory. Warning against the seductive idea that social media can induce change without a commensurate movement on the streets, Dr. Crary nonetheless still holds out hope that people can harness the power of their dream-sleep to imagine a better world that is free from the privations of billionaires, big corporations and crony politicians.
I highly recommend this exceptional and deeply thought-provoking book to everyone.
While the analysis of work blurring the line of leisure and invading our personal life, Crary's analysis go beyond this.
His argument is that contemporary technology, specially those related to the internet, have created the conditions for action at all times of the day.
The idea of "the city that never sleeps" has expanded into a sedentary form. Whereas the phrase used to mean one can go out and still find something to do at all times, nowadays everything is accessible at all times from a computer or smartphone screen.
Therefore, Crary is not only saying we are working more and more, but that even when we are not working, we are demanding work, in a perpetual 24/7 cycle.
The consequence is the end not only of sleep, but of deep thinking, creativity, imagination, and so on. A powerful argument to be found in this book, and Crary develops it well.
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