Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive by Jodi Dean

By Jodi Dean

Blog Theory bargains a severe thought of latest media. Furthering her account of communicative capitalism, Jodi Dean explores the methods new media practices like running a blog and texting trap their clients in extensive networks of delight, construction, and surveillance. Her wide-ranging and theoretically wealthy research extends from her own reports as a blogger, via media histories, to newly rising social community structures and applications.

Set opposed to the historical past of the commercial drawback wrought via neoliberalism, the booklet engages with contemporary paintings in modern media idea in addition to with thinkers akin to Giorgio Agamben, Jean Baudrillard, man Debord, Jacques Lacan, and Slavoj ?i?ek. via those engagements, Dean defends the provocative thesis that reflexivity in complicated networks is better understood through the psychoanalytic proposal of the drives. She contends, additionally, that interpreting networks by way of the drives permits us to know their actual, human size, that's, the emotions and impacts that embed us within the system.

In remarkably transparent and lucid prose, Dean hyperlinks likely trivial and transitory updates from the recent mass tradition of the net to extra basic alterations in subjectivity and politics. daily communicative exchangesÑfrom web publication posts to textual content messagesÑhave frequent results, results that not just undermine capacities for democracy but additionally entrap us in circuits of domination.

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