By Nick Dyer-Witheford
'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 old clash among capital and its laboring matters, constitutes the most recent battleground of their come upon. Dyer-Witheford maps the dynamics of contemporary capitalism, exhibiting how capital relies for its operations not only on exploitation within the rapid place of work, yet at the non-stop integration of a complete sequence of social websites and actions, from public well-being and maternity to ordinary source allocation and the geographical reorganization of work strength. He additionally exhibits how those websites and actions may possibly turn into focal issues of subversion and insurgency, as new technique of verbal exchange very important for the graceful move of capital additionally enable another way remoted and dispersed issues of resistance to attach and mix with one another'.'Cutting in the course of the smokescreen of high-tech propaganda, Dyer-Witheford predicts the arrival of a reinvented, 'autonomist' Marxism that may rediscover the opportunity of a collective, communist transformation of society. Refuting the utopian supplies of the data revolution, he discloses the genuine prospects for a brand new social order within the kind of a twenty-first-century communism according to the typical sharing of wealth'.
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5 Faced with the unexpected convulsions of `industrial society,' many intellectuals sought explanations in the possibility that these tumults marked nothing less than the growing pains associated with the emergence of a radically new social order. Such notions were variously inflected, embracing both right and left variants. But the most influential version, the one from which a direct line to today's concept of the information revolution can be traced, arose amongst the think-tanks and sponsored research projects offering futurological guidance for US state policy and corporate strategy.
Totalitarianism was the inevitable outcome of Marxism, but computers and telecommunications were "technologies of freedom" with an intrinsic antipathy to such statism. 70 High technology innovation depended on levels of enterprise and initiative antithetical to rigid state control. Moreover, application 53 of such innovation would produce a complex and accelerated economy, dependent on data flows elusive of centralised control. Any regime that attempted to restrict these flows would inevitably fall victim to the populist technological empowerment brought by the multiplication of microcomputers, video and fax systems.
80 Whatever problems the future holds will arise primarily from the boredom arising from the universal "peace and prosperity" created by the technoscientific achievement of capitalism. 81 This announcement may provoke an uncanny sense of deja vu. For we have come full circle. The "end of history" Fukuyama presents is a massively enlarged version of the "end of ideology" thesis, now global in scope and engineered not by industrialism but by 56 post-industrialism. At last, aided by the "mechanism" of information technology, the spectre of Marxism has finally been laid to rest.
Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High Technology Capitalism by Nick Dyer-Witheford