Scorched Earth: Beyond the Digital Age to a Post-Capitalist World

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Verso Books, Apr 12, 2022 - Social Science - 160 pages
Refusing the digital world of late capitalism

In this uncompromising essay, Jonathan Crary presents the obvious but unsayable reality: our “digital age” is synonymous with the disastrous terminal stage of global capitalism and its financialisation of social existence, mass impoverishment, ecocide, and military terror. Scorched Earth surveys the wrecking of a living world by the internet complex and its devastation of communities and their capacities for mutual support.

This polemic by the author of 24/7 dismantles the presumption that social media could be an instrument of radical change and contends that the networks and platforms of transnational corporations are intrinsically incompatible with a habitable earth or with the human interdependence needed to build egalitarian post-capitalist forms of life.
 

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
29
Section 4
49
Section 5
60
Section 6
86
Section 7
125
Section 8
129
Section 9
132
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About the author (2022)

Jonathan Crary is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory at Columbia University and is a founding editor of Zone Books. His publications include Techniques of the Observer, Suspensions of Perception and 24/7.

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