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Inhuman Power - Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism (Paperback): Nick Dyer-Witheford, Atle Mikkola Kjosen,... Inhuman Power - Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism (Paperback)
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Atle Mikkola Kjosen, James Steinhoff
R493 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R67 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has seen major advances in recent years. While machines were always central to the Marxist analysis of capitalism, AI is a new kind of machine that Marx could not have anticipated. Contemporary machine-learning AI allows machines to increasingly approach human capacities for perception and reasoning in narrow domains. This book explores the relationship between Marxist theory and AI through the lenses of different theoretical concepts, including surplus-value, labour, the general conditions of production, class composition and surplus population. It argues against left accelerationism and post-Operaismo thinkers, asserting that a deeper analysis of AI produces a more complex and disturbing picture of capitalism's future than has previously been identified. Inhuman Power argues that on its current trajectory, AI represents an ultimate weapon for capital. It will render humanity obsolete or turn it into a species of transhumans working for a wage until the heat death of the universe; a fate that is only avoidable by communist revolution.

Digital Play - The Interaction of Technology, Culture, and Marketing (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed): Stephen Kline, Nick Dyer-Witheford,... Digital Play - The Interaction of Technology, Culture, and Marketing (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed)
Stephen Kline, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Greig de Peuter
R630 R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Save R47 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A uniquely critical study of video gaming that blends perspectives from political economy, cultural studies, and communications theory. Digital Play offers a uniquely critical analysis of interactive media. Inspired by the work of Raymond Williams, the book traces the development of video gaming from its humble origins in hacker circles to its current status as a $20 billion global cultural industry. Stephen Kline, Nick Dyer-Witheford, and Greig de Peuter systematically debunk cyber-guru optimism about globally networked digital communications by analysing the management practices of the corporations that design and market video games to youthful audiences. They reveal that the ascent of this new communications industry has been anything but smooth and inevitable. From Atari to Microsoft, Space Invaders to The Sims, the authors uncover the successive crises that forced game makers, faced with constant instabilities in the global entertainment sector, to become increasingly innovative.

Cyberwar and Revolution - Digital Subterfuge in Global Capitalism (Paperback): Nick Dyer-Witheford, Svitlana Matviyenko Cyberwar and Revolution - Digital Subterfuge in Global Capitalism (Paperback)
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Svitlana Matviyenko
R498 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R41 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Uncovering the class conflicts, geopolitical dynamics, and aggressive capitalism propelling the militarization of the internet Global surveillance, computational propaganda, online espionage, virtual recruiting, massive data breaches, hacked nuclear centrifuges and power grids-concerns about cyberwar have been mounting, rising to a fever pitch after the alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential election and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Although cyberwar is widely discussed, few accounts undertake a deep, critical view of its roots and consequences. Analyzing the new militarization of the internet, Cyberwar and Revolution argues that digital warfare is not a bug in the logic of global capitalism but rather a feature of its chaotic, disorderly unconscious. Urgently confronting the concept of cyberwar through the lens of both Marxist critical theory and psychoanalysis, Nick Dyer-Witheford and Svitlana Matviyenko provide a wide-ranging examination of the class conflicts and geopolitical dynamics propelling war across digital networks. Investigating the subjectivities that cyberwar mobilizes, exploits, and bewilders, and revealing how it permeates the fabric of everyday life and implicates us all in its design, this book also highlights the critical importance of the emergent resistance to this digital militarism-hacktivism, digital worker dissent, and off-the-grid activism-for effecting different, better futures.

Games of Empire - Global Capitalism and Video Games (Paperback): Nick Dyer-Witheford, Greig de Peuter Games of Empire - Global Capitalism and Video Games (Paperback)
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Greig de Peuter
R446 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R40 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the first decade of the twenty-first century, video games are an integral part of global media culture, rivaling Hollywood in revenue and influence. No longer confined to a subculture of adolescent males, video games today are played by adults around the world. At the same time, video games have become major sites of corporate exploitation and military recruitment.

In "Games of Empire," Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig de Peuter offer a radical political critique of such video games and virtual environments as "Second Life," "World of Warcraft," and "Grand Theft Auto," analyzing them as the exemplary media of Empire, the twenty-first-century hypercapitalist complex theorized by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. The authors trace the ascent of virtual gaming, assess its impact on creators and players alike, and delineate the relationships between games and reality, body and avatar, screen and street.

"Games of Empire" forcefully connects video games to real-world concerns about globalization, militarism, and exploitation, from the horrors of African mines and Indian e-waste sites that underlie the entire industry, the role of labor in commercial game development, and the synergy between military simulation software and the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan exemplified by Full Spectrum Warrior to the substantial virtual economies surrounding World of Warcraft, the urban neoliberalism made playable in Grand Theft Auto, and the emergence of an alternative game culture through activist games and open-source game development.

Rejecting both moral panic and glib enthusiasm, "Games of Empire" demonstrates how virtual games crystallize the cultural, political, and economic forces of global capital, while also providing a means of resisting them.

Cyber-Marx - Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High Technology Capitalism (Paperback, New): Nick Dyer-Witheford Cyber-Marx - Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High Technology Capitalism (Paperback, New)
Nick Dyer-Witheford
R557 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R34 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this highly readable and thought-provoking work, Nick Dyer-Witheford assesses the relevance of Marxism in our time and demonstrates how the information age, far from transcending the historic conflict between capital and its laboring subjects, constitutes the latest battleground in their encounter. Dyer-Witheford maps the dynamics of modern capitalism, showing how capital depends for its operations not just on exploitation in the immediate workplace, but on the continuous integration of a whole series of social sites and activities, from public health and maternity to natural resource allocation and the geographical reorganization of labor power. He also shows how these sites and activities may become focal points of subversion and insurgency, as new means of communication vital for the smooth flow of capital also permit otherwise isolated and dispersed points of resistance to connect and combine with one another. Cutting through the smokescreen of high-tech propaganda, Dyer-Witheford predicts the advent of a reinvented, "autonomist" Marxism that will rediscover the possibility of a collective, communist transformation of society. Refuting the utopian promises of the information revolution, he discloses the real potentialities for a new social order in the form of a twenty-first-century communism based on the common sharing of wealth.

Cyberwar and Revolution - Digital Subterfuge in Global Capitalism (Hardcover): Nick Dyer-Witheford, Svitlana Matviyenko Cyberwar and Revolution - Digital Subterfuge in Global Capitalism (Hardcover)
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Svitlana Matviyenko
R2,156 R1,806 Discovery Miles 18 060 Save R350 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Uncovering the class conflicts, geopolitical dynamics, and aggressive capitalism propelling the militarization of the internet Global surveillance, computational propaganda, online espionage, virtual recruiting, massive data breaches, hacked nuclear centrifuges and power grids-concerns about cyberwar have been mounting, rising to a fever pitch after the alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential election and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Although cyberwar is widely discussed, few accounts undertake a deep, critical view of its roots and consequences. Analyzing the new militarization of the internet, Cyberwar and Revolution argues that digital warfare is not a bug in the logic of global capitalism but rather a feature of its chaotic, disorderly unconscious. Urgently confronting the concept of cyberwar through the lens of both Marxist critical theory and psychoanalysis, Nick Dyer-Witheford and Svitlana Matviyenko provide a wide-ranging examination of the class conflicts and geopolitical dynamics propelling war across digital networks. Investigating the subjectivities that cyberwar mobilizes, exploits, and bewilders, and revealing how it permeates the fabric of everyday life and implicates us all in its design, this book also highlights the critical importance of the emergent resistance to this digital militarism-hacktivism, digital worker dissent, and off-the-grid activism-for effecting different, better futures.

Cyber-Proletariat - Global Labour in the Digital Vortex (Paperback): Nick Dyer-Witheford Cyber-Proletariat - Global Labour in the Digital Vortex (Paperback)
Nick Dyer-Witheford
R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An unsparing analysis of class power and computerisation, Cyber-Proletariat shows us the dark-side of the information revolution. From Coltan mines in the Congo; electronics factories in China and devastated neighbourhoods in Detroit, this book reveals how technology facilitates growing polarisation between wealthy elites and precarious workers. Nick Dyer-Witheford reveals the class domination behind everything from expanding online surveillance to intensifying robotisation. At the same time, he looks at possibilities for information technology within radical movements; contemporary struggles are cast in the blue glow of the computer screen. This book brings heterodox Marxist analysis to bear on modern technological developments. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how Silicon Valley shapes the way we live today.

Critical Perspectives on the Internet (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed): Greg Elmer Critical Perspectives on the Internet (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed)
Greg Elmer; Contributions by Bram Dov Abramson, Marcus Breen, Alice Crawford, Nick Dyer-Witheford, …
R2,100 Discovery Miles 21 000 Out of stock

This critical reader of original essays places the boom and bust years of the Internet in a broad cultural context. Exploring the world of html, web browsers, cookies, online net guides, portals, and Internet service providers, this text includes the history of the Internet, interesting case studies and discussions on online community, user inequalities, and governance. Within the larger issues of technological infrastructure, government policy, and globalization, Critical Perspectives on the Internet highlights both the limitations and possibilities of everyday Internet use. Does the net function as a space for radical social and political change? For challenging established media? What opportunities lie in the cracks and crevasses of net structure? With its critical agenda for Internet studies, this text is a valuable tool for upper-level courses on the Internet, online communication, computer-mediated communication, communication and information technologies, and media and politics.

Inhuman Power - Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism (Hardcover): Nick Dyer-Witheford, Atle Mikkola Kjosen,... Inhuman Power - Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism (Hardcover)
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Atle Mikkola Kjosen, James Steinhoff
R2,211 Discovery Miles 22 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has seen major advances in recent years. While machines were always central to the Marxist analysis of capitalism, AI is a new kind of machine that Marx could not have anticipated. Contemporary machine-learning AI allows machines to increasingly approach human capacities for perception and reasoning in narrow domains. This book explores the relationship between Marxist theory and AI through the lenses of different theoretical concepts, including surplus-value, labour, the general conditions of production, class composition and surplus population. It argues against left accelerationism and post-Operaismo thinkers, asserting that a deeper analysis of AI produces a more complex and disturbing picture of capitalism's future than has previously been identified. Inhuman Power argues that on its current trajectory, AI represents an ultimate weapon for capital. It will render humanity obsolete or turn it into a species of transhumans working for a wage until the heat death of the universe; a fate that is only avoidable by communist revolution.

Converging Media, Diverging Politics - A Political Economy of News Media in the United States and Canada (Paperback): David... Converging Media, Diverging Politics - A Political Economy of News Media in the United States and Canada (Paperback)
David Skinner, James R. Compton, Michael Gasher; Contributions by Debra Clarke, Mark Cooper, …
R1,305 Discovery Miles 13 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What purpose does the news media serve in contemporary North American society? In this collection of essays, experts from both the United States and Canada investigate this question, exploring the effects of media concentration in democratic systems. Specifically, the scholars collected here consider, from a range of vantage points, how corporate and technological convergence in the news industry in the United States and Canada impacts journalism's expressed role as a medium of democratic communication. More generally, and by necessity, Converging Media, Diverging Politics speaks to larger questions about the role that the production and circulation of news and information does, can, and should serve. The editors have gathered an impressive array of critical essays, featuring interesting and well-documented case studies that will prove useful to both students and researchers of communications and media studies.

Converging Media, Diverging Politics - A Political Economy of News Media in the United States and Canada (Hardcover): David... Converging Media, Diverging Politics - A Political Economy of News Media in the United States and Canada (Hardcover)
David Skinner, James R. Compton, Michael Gasher; Contributions by Debra Clarke, Mark Cooper, …
R2,246 R2,122 Discovery Miles 21 220 Save R124 (6%) Out of stock

What purpose does the news media serve in contemporary North American society? In this collection of essays, experts from both the United States and Canada investigate this question, exploring the effects of media concentration in democratic systems. Specifically, the scholars collected here consider, from a range of vantage points, how corporate and technological convergence in the news industry in the United States and Canada impacts journalism's expressed role as a medium of democratic communication. More generally, and by necessity, Converging Media, Diverging Politics speaks to larger questions about the role that the production and circulation of news and information does, can, and should serve. The editors have gathered an impressive array of critical essays, featuring interesting and well-documented case studies that will prove useful to both students and researchers of communications and media studies.

Utopic Dreams and Apocalyptic Fantasies - Critical Approaches to Researching Video Game Play (Hardcover, New): Talmadge J.... Utopic Dreams and Apocalyptic Fantasies - Critical Approaches to Researching Video Game Play (Hardcover, New)
Talmadge J. Wright, David G. Embrick, Andras Lukacs; Contributions by Rebecca Carlson, Samuel Coavoux, …
R2,117 R2,002 Discovery Miles 20 020 Save R115 (5%) Out of stock

Few books have attempted to contextualize the importance of video game play with a critical social, cultural and political perspective that raises the question of the significance of work, pleasure, fantasy and play in the modern world. The study of why video game play is "fun" has often been relegated to psychology, or the disciplines of cultural anthropology, literary and media studies, communications and other assorted humanistic and social science disciplines. In Utopic Dreams and Apocalyptic Fantasies, Talmadge Wright, David Embrick and Andras Lukacs invites us to move further and consider questions on appropriate methods of researching games, understanding the carnival quality of modern life, the role of marketing in altering game narratives, and the role of fantasy and desire in modern video game play. Embracing an approach that combines a cultural and/or critical studies approach with a sociological understanding of this new media moves the debate beyond simple media effects, moral panics, and industry boosterism to one of asking critical questions, what does modern video game play "mean," what questions should we be asking, and what can sociological research contribute to answering these questions. This collection includes works which use textual analysis, audience based research, symbolic interactionism, as well as political economic and psychoanalytic perspectives to illuminate areas of inquiry that preserves the pleasure of modern play while asking tough questions about what such pleasure means in a world divided by political, economic, cultural and social inequalities.

Digital Play - The Interaction of Technology, Culture, and Marketing (Hardcover, New): Stephen Kline, Nick Dyer-Witheford,... Digital Play - The Interaction of Technology, Culture, and Marketing (Hardcover, New)
Stephen Kline, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Greig de Peuter
R2,242 Discovery Miles 22 420 Out of stock

A uniquely critical study of video gaming that blends perspectives from political economy, cultural studies, and communications theory. Digital Play offers a uniquely critical analysis of interactive media. Inspired by the work of Raymond Williams, the book traces the development of video gaming from its humble origins in hacker circles to its current status as a $20 billion global cultural industry. Stephen Kline, Nick Dyer-Witheford, and Greig de Peuter systematically debunk cyber-guru optimism about globally networked digital communications by analysing the management practices of the corporations that design and market video games to youthful audiences. They reveal that the ascent of this new communications industry has been anything but smooth and inevitable. From Atari to Microsoft, Space Invaders to The Sims, the authors uncover the successive crises that forced game makers, faced with constant instabilities in the global entertainment sector, to become increasingly innovative.

Critical Perspectives on the Internet (Paperback, Illustrated Ed): Greg Elmer Critical Perspectives on the Internet (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
Greg Elmer; Contributions by Bram Dov Abramson, Marcus Breen, Alice Crawford, Nick Dyer-Witheford, …
R859 Discovery Miles 8 590 Out of stock

This critical reader of original essays places the boom and bust years of the Internet in a broad cultural context. Exploring the world of html, web browsers, cookies, online net guides, portals, and Internet service providers, this text includes the history of the Internet, interesting case studies and discussions on online community, user inequalities, and governance. Within the larger issues of technological infrastructure, government policy, and globalization, Critical Perspectives on the Internet highlights both the limitations and possibilities of everyday Internet use. Does the net function as a space for radical social and political change? For challenging established media? What opportunities lie in the cracks and crevasses of net structure? With its critical agenda for Internet studies, this text is a valuable tool for upper-level courses on the Internet, online communication, computer-mediated communication, communication and information technologies, and media and politics.

Cyber-Proletariat - Global Labour in the Digital Vortex (Hardcover): Nick Dyer-Witheford Cyber-Proletariat - Global Labour in the Digital Vortex (Hardcover)
Nick Dyer-Witheford
R2,686 Discovery Miles 26 860 Out of stock

An unsparing analysis of class power and computerisation, Cyber-Proletariat shows us the dark-side of the information revolution. From Coltan mines in the Congo; electronics factories in China and devastated neighbourhoods in Detroit, this book reveals how technology facilitates growing polarisation between wealthy elites and precarious workers. Nick Dyer-Witheford reveals the class domination behind everything from expanding online surveillance to intensifying robotisation. At the same time, he looks at possibilities for information technology within radical movements; contemporary struggles are cast in the blue glow of the computer screen. This book brings heterodox Marxist analysis to bear on modern technological developments. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how Silicon Valley shapes the way we live today.

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