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 knowledge age, faraway from transcending the historical clash among capital and its laboring topics, constitutes the most recent battleground of their stumble upon. Dyer-Witheford maps the dynamics of recent capitalism, exhibiting how capital relies for its operations not only on exploitation within the speedy place of work, yet at the non-stop integration of an entire sequence of social websites and actions, from public wellbeing and fitness and maternity to typical source allocation and the geographical reorganization of work energy. He additionally exhibits how those websites and actions may well turn into focal issues of subversion and insurgency, as new technique of verbal exchange important for the graceful stream of capital additionally let 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 appearance of a reinvented, 'autonomist' Marxism that may rediscover the opportunity of a collective, communist transformation of society. Refuting the utopian provides of the data revolution, he discloses the genuine prospects for a brand new social order within the type of a twenty-first-century communism in accordance with the typical sharing of wealth'.
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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. The Road Ahead? Since 1989 history has, of course, refused to lie down and die. Nothing, however, has diminished the prevailing conviction that the information revolution represents the destiny of humankind.
Thus the full potential of communications and computer technologies only emerges at their confluence into a single stream of `compunications,' `telematics,' `computer mediated communication,' or `intelligent networks,' enabling the creation of on-line data bank, email services and global computer connectivity. 38 This process of convergence is seen as eventually culminating in the creation of a generalised digital medium within whose networks an enormous range of transactions and operations--from manufacturing through messaging to medicine--will be conducted.
Those who propounded its doctrine--political leaders, corporate executives, state bureaucrats, research scientists, academic theorists, journalistic popularisers--did not merely describe the future. They prescribed it. Although the arrival of the new epoch was declared inevitable, definite steps were demanded to adjust to its realities, hurry its benefits, pre-empt its problems, and secure positional advantage within it. ' The proffered choice was adaptation or obsolescence. 32 Revolutionary Doctrine Theories of the information revolution are not all the same.