Theory in a Digital Age: A Project of English 483 Students, Coastal Carolina UniversityMain MenuTheory in a Digital AgeRemediationThis chapter will showcase how the remaking of art can leave its impact.Cornel West and Black Lives MatterMacKenzie McKeithan-PrickettDetermination in GamingThe Mind Set and ExperienceThe Hope for a Monstrous World Without GenderIntroduction to "A Cyborg Manifesto" and ThesisFreud's Uncanny Double: A Theoretical Study of the Portrayal of Doubles in FilmThis chapter of the book will look at the history of the theme of the "double" using Freud's Uncanny as the theoretical insight of the self perception of the double in film/cinema.From Literacy to Electracy: Resistant Rhetorical Bodies in Digital SpacesAshley Canter"Eddy and Edith": Online Identities vs. Offline IdentitiesA fictional story about online identities and offline identities. (Also a mash-up video between Eddy and Edith and Break Free.)“Pieces of Herself”: Key Signifiers and Their ConnotationsIs the Sonographic Fetus a Cyborg?How sonographic technology initiates gendered socializationPost-Capitalism: Rise of the Digital LaborerParadox of RaceDr. Cornel West, W.E.B Du Bois, and Natasha TretheweySleep Dealer - Digital LaborBy Melissa HarbyThe Kevin Spacey Effect: Video Games as an Art Form, the Virtual Uncanny, and the SimulacrumThe Twilight Zone in the Uncanny ValleyIntroductionThe Virtual Economy and The Dark WebHow Our Economy is Changing Behind the ScenesTransgender Representation and Acceptance in the MainstreamHow the trans* movement has caused and exemplifies the spectralization of genderA Voice for the Humanities in A Divided AmericaDr. Cornel West on the indifference in our society and how he thinks the humanities can help heal itReading Between the Lines: Diversity and Empowerment in ComicsJen Boyle54753b17178fb39025a916cc07e3cb6dd7dbaa99
How Modern Political Movements Straddle Urban Space and Cyberspace
We find ourselves in the midst of an economy constantly at odds with itself. The world is also still recovering from one of the greatest economic crisis, occurring in 2008. Income inequality is actually increasing. Research by economists across the globe have found support for the old phrase the rich get richer, while the poor get poorer. The rise of “super managers” or highly paid executives have contributed to this increase in the inequality gap. The global response of austerity has only driven wages lower and increased spending cuts in the public sector. Student debt is at an all-time high. Living standards are decreasing. The political economy is not working.
If we accept that capitalism is in constant crisis, fighting against itself, that the gap between those who hold all the wealth and those that don’t in evermore increasing, what then is the future?
Marx argues in “Fragment” that technology in a capitalist society would lay the foundation for a communist society where free time is increased and becomes the measurement of wealth. Capital, he states, is “instrumental in creating the means of social disposable time, … to free everyone’s time for their own development”. In other words, disposable time and not labor time becomes the measurement of social wealth. This would then allow for the abolition of class society, Marx says.
Fuchs articulates this in our current moment, stating “the general intellect that circulates on the Internet and via digital media requires a collective digital worker that is also a global worker” which then have the potential “to resist their own exploitation if digital workers” unite. Capitalism, technology, and information have linked the world in a way that distinctly marks our time in history. The technology and information that have diminished labor offer the means for the “global worker” to defy his/her own manipulation.
Mason highlights the revolutionary potential in an “economy based on the full utilization of information, [it] cannot tolerate the free market or absolute intellectual property rights”. Today’s largest corporations attempt to contain information, the world’s most dynamic force as Mason terms it. For Mason, the future is just on the horizon in post-capitalism. “Collaborative production, using network technology to produce goods and services that only work when they are free, or shared, defines the route beyond the market system”, all of which will require the government getting on board. Drawing on Marx’s prediction about the general intellect, Mason provocatively states, “by creating millions of networked people, financially exploited but with the whole of human intelligence one thumb-swipe away, info-capitalism has created a new agent of change in history: the educated and connected human being”. Once again, the means of exploitation become the resources for autonomy. Whatever the future looks like, change is immanent. It may not be as revolutionary as Marx imagined or as Mason hopes, but the consequences of an economy in constant crisis are far reaching.