The Condition of Digitality

A Post-Modern Marxism for the Practice of Digital Life

by Robert Hassan

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Book Description

David Harvey's The Condition of Postmodernity rationalised capitalism's transformation during an extraordinary year: 1989. It gave theoretical expression to a material and cultural reality that was just then getting properly started - globalisation and postmodernity - whilst highlighting the geo-spatial limits to accumulation imposed by our planet.

However this landmark publication, author Robert Hassan argues, did not address the arrival of digital technology, the quantum leap represented by the move from an analogue world to a digital economy and the rapid creation of a global networked society. Considering first the contexts of 1989 and Harvey's work, then the idea of humans as analogue beings he argues this arising new human condition of digitality leads to alienation not only from technology but also the environment. This condition he suggests, is not an ideology of time and space but a reality stressing that Harvey's time-space compression takes on new features including those of 'outward' and 'inward' globalisation and the commodification of all spheres of existence.

Lastly the author considers culture's role drawing on Rahel Jaeggi's theories to make the case for a post-modern Marxism attuned to the most significant issue of our age. Stimulating and theoretically wide-ranging The Condition of Digitality recognises post-modernity's radical new form as a reality and the urgent need to assert more democratic control over digitality.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download The Condition of Digitality ebook for free in PDF format (14.1 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Introduction
 
Chapter 2
1989: David Harvey's Postmodernity: The Space Economy of Late Capitalism
 
Chapter 3
From Analogue to Digital: Theorising the Transition
 
Chapter 4
The Condition of Digitality: A New Perspective on Time and Space
 
Chapter 5
The Economy of Digitality: Limitless Virtual Space and Network Time
 
Chapter 6
The Culture of Digitality
 
Chapter 7
Digital Alienation
 

Book Details

Publisher
University of Westminster Press
Published
2020
Pages
213
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781912656677
ISBN10
1912656671
ISBN13 Digital
9781912656684
ISBN10 Digital
191265668X
PDF Size
14.1 MB
License
CC BY-NC-ND

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