At this point, capitalism shifts to the mode of governance

July 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Join us next Wednesday July 25 at 8pm. We’ll be reading Matteo Pasquinelli’s “Machinic Capitalism and Network Surplus Value – Notes on the Political Economy of the Turing Machine” and Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s “Cognitarian Subjectivation.” Lyotard explained how the computer age transforms knowledge into information, that is, coded, collated, classified messages within a system of transmission and communication. “Knowledge ceases to be an end it itself, it loses its use-value” he writes. Pasquinelli and Berardi, both Italian Autonomist-Marxists, connect information to “the essential definition of living labour” by putting “neuro-psychic energies to work, submitting them to mechanistic speed, compelling cognitive activity to follow the rhythm of networked productivity.”

 

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