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- Publisher: Verso (October 8, 2019)
- Publication Date: October 8, 2019
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- Language: English
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“A feral form of commodification walks among us. Whether it is feasting on the remains of capital or hunting on its behalf is a question McKenzie Wark is perfectly equipped to investigate. Consider this your exploratory field guide to a new mode of production.”
—Kate Crawford, Distinguished Research Professor and cofounder of the AI Now Institute, New York University
“McKenzie Wark’s call for an experimental, vulgar form of revolutionary approach to digital commodification is a challenging read, full of provocative observation.”
—Andy Hedgecock, Morning Star
“Wark has long been a brilliant scholar of Marxism, Situationism and Poststructuralism, rewriting the canon of critical theory.”
—Dave Beech, Art Monthly
“Thoughtful and compelling.”
—Garrett Pierman, Marx & Philosophy
“Wark takes a flamethrower to these ideas through a reading of Marx that burns away the metaphors of phantasmagorical fetishes, such as the commodity form, the spectacle, and false consciousness, that have occupied much critical theory to date.”
—Vince Carducci, Popmatters
About the Author
McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International, and The Beach Beneath the Street, among other books. They teach at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Professor Wark intends to update our thinking by reminding us that Marx lived in his time, not ours. At certain points throughout the book, the author engages in extensive discussions on the various merits and demerits of Marxist scholarship. These exercises are productive. We come to understand that if we start with a clean sheet of paper, we must conclude that capital has been transcended.
Professor Wark explains that info tech has transcended capital. To be sure, capital had taken the first shot: info tech allowed capital to defeat labor by throwing workers into competition across the globalized supply chain. The twist is that now, capital has been defeated by info tech. A ‘vectoralist class’ has subordinated capital by virtue of its control over intellectual property, data and logistics within the ‘information vector’.
Professor Wark finds a historic irony in the west’s development of info tech under capitalism and the east’s development of surveillance technology under socialism. Perhaps we now have the worst of both worlds: a digital economy that is under the continuous surveillance, control and benefit of the vectoralist class. However, naming the object of our oppression can empower us to appropriate the digital means of production to create the ‘acommunist’ world of abundance that we deserve.
I highly recommend this exceptional book to everyone.