Capital Is Dead. Is This Something Worse?

Capital Is Dead. Is This Something Worse? Details

It’s not capitalism, it’s not neoliberalism—what if it’s something worse?

In this radical and visionary new book, McKenzie Wark argues that the all-pervasive presence of data in our networked society has given rise to a new mode of production, one not ruled over by capitalists and their factories but by those who own and control the flow of information. Yet, if this is not capitalism anymore, could it be something worse? What if the world we’re living in is more dystopian than the techno utopias of the Silicon Valley imagination? And, if this is the case, how do we find a way out? Capital Is Dead offers not only the theoretical tools to analyse this new world of information, but the ones to change it, too.

A follow-up to their groundbreaking A Hacker Manifesto, Wark takes us on a tour of our information age. Drawing on the writings of the Situationists and a range of contemporary theorists, they offer a vast panorama of the contemporary condition and the classes that control it.

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Title:Capital Is Dead. Is This Something Worse?
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  • Wendy Liu

    This is a bit hard to rate, because it's not the most consistent text. It zigzags between wading deep into academic debates over interpretations of (e.g.) Marx, and lucidly illuminating modern-day eco...

  • Colin Cox

    As the title of McKenzie Wark's Capitalism Is Dead suggests, we are, despite what we might think, no longer in the throes of capitalism, instead, "This...is something worse." Wark continues, "The domi...

  • Woodaba

    A somewhat scattershot collection of essays gathered together into a loose framework arguing that our classical understanding of what "Capitalism" entails has been left so completely behind by the cha...

  • Margo

    I read A Hacker Manifesto some years ago by the same author and was excited to see a book elaborating in that vein. Largely the book's value derives from identifying streams of Marxist/Left thought th...

  • Benjamin

    "provocative and compelling" are terms that have been used to market this text, and it is certainly ambitious in its reach and in the promises it makes. Wark's move towards a class relation between 'h...

  • Andrew Wickert

    As information becomes a commodity, the means of production of information deserves its own treatment. Information laborers (hackers) such as engineers, designers, and writers are “creative” roles...

  • Jamie F

    Presents a really earth shattering idea for anyone with a conventional leftist worldview - that the capitalism we live in overlaps with a new mode of production: vectoralism, where property has evolve...

  • Diego

    Titánica labor la que se plantea Wark en apenas 160 páginas: hacernos ver que no vivimos en el Capitalismo, que ni siquiera esto es el postCapitalismo o el neoLiberalidmo, sino algo peor. Y, por el ...

  • Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    The problem with this kind of analysis is that anybody can wax a theory and talk about the latest thing on social media but it is all abstract and conjecture. Pinning down books like this to stuff on ...

  • Ietrio

    An academic paper pusher applying the only skill he has: filling up paper....