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Author Beller, Jonathan, author.

Title The message is murder : substrates of computational capital / Jonathan Beller.

Publication Info. London : Pluto Press, 2018.


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Description 1 online resource (208 pages)
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
text file PDF rda
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 190-202) and index.
Summary Written as a wake-up call to the field of media studies, The Message is Murder analyses the violence bound up in the everyday functions of digital media. At its core is the concept of 'computational capital' - the idea that capitalism itself is a computer, turning qualities into quantities, and that the rise of digital culture and technologies under capitalism should be seen as an extension of capitalism's bloody logic. Engaging with Borges, Turing, Claude Shannon, Hitchcock and Marx, this book tracks computational capital to reveal the lineages of capitalised power as it has restructured representation, consciousness and survival in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It argues that the global intensification of inequality relies on the discursive, informatic and screen-mediated production of social difference. Ultimately The Message is Murder makes the case for recognising media communications across all platforms - books, films, videos, photographs and even language itself - as technologies of political economy, entangled with the social contexts of a capitalism that is inherently racial, gendered and genocidal -- Publisher's web site.
Contents Introduction -- Part I: Informatics of inscription/inscription of informatics -- 1. Gramsci's press : why we game -- 2. A message from Borges : the informatic labyrinth -- 3. Alan Turing's self-defence : on not castrating the machines -- 4. Shannon/Hitchcock : another method for the letters -- 5. The internet of value, by Karl Marx : information as cosmically distributed alienation -- Part II: Photo-graphology, psychotic calculus, informatic labor -- 6. Camera obscura after all : the racist writing with light -- 7. Pathologistics of attention -- 8. Prosthetics of whiteness : drone psychosis -- 9. The capital of information : fractal fascism, informatic labor, and M-I-M -- Appendix: From the cinematic mode of production to computational capital : an interview conducted by Ante Jeric and Diana Meheik for Kulturpunk -- Notes -- Index.
Subject Mass media -- Social aspects.
Violence in mass media.
Digital media -- Social aspects.
Capitalism -- Social aspects.
Media studies.
Society and culture : general.
Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.
COMPUTERS -- Computerized Home & Entertainment.
Capitalism -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00846453
Digital media -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01766776
Mass media -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01011303
Violence in mass media. (OCoLC)fst01167284
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: 9780745337319
ISBN 9781786801791 (electronic bk.)
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1786801787 (electronic bk.)
9780745337319 (hbk.)
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Standard No. CHNEW 000987462
CHVBK 509472966

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