Matthew Flisfeder - #Rithmic Desire: PlatFORMing Capitalism and the Ideology of the Present
July 12, 2018
Recent Marxian theories of social media are varied, ranging from studies of platform ownership structures to state and corporate surveillance to the exploitation of user or "prosumer" "labour". This session of The Capitalism Workshop takes social media platforms to be a heuristic device for developing knowledge about the dominant form of the capitalist mode of production and the reigning neoliberal ideology more generally.
Drawing upon Marxian concepts such as the distinction between productive and unproductive labour, absolute and relative surplus value, and fixed and variable capital, and applying these to a historical materialist analysis of the technological and social apparatuses of social media platforms, as well advancing a psychoanalytic interpretation of the desire and enjoyment connected to the algorithmic logic of social media sites, Matthew Flisfeder shows how social media express and amplify contemporary capitalism - luring us in and interpellating us as users at the level of our desire - and probes what social media may teach us about the necessary steps for devising a post-capitalist future.
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Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: CSI Annex, Room #4 (3rd flr)
Location: 720 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON
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