Decadence of Industrial Democracies

Decadence of Industrial Democracies

by Bernard Stiegler
     
 

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Translated by DANIEL ROSS Bernard Stiegler is one of the most original philosophers writing today about new technologies and their implications for social, political and personal life. Drawing on sources ranging from Plato and Marx to Freud, Heidegger and Derrida, he develops a highly original account of technology as grammatology, as a technics of writing that

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Translated by DANIEL ROSS Bernard Stiegler is one of the most original philosophers writing today about new technologies and their implications for social, political and personal life. Drawing on sources ranging from Plato and Marx to Freud, Heidegger and Derrida, he develops a highly original account of technology as grammatology, as a technics of writing that constitutes our experience of time, memory and desire, even of life itself. Society and our place within it are shaped by technical reproduction which can both expand and restrict the horizons and possibilities of human agency and experience. In the three volumes of Disbelief and Discredit Stiegler argues that this process of technical reproduction has become dangerously divorced from its role in the constitution of human experience. Radically challenging the optimistic view of new technologies as facilitators of learning and progress, he argues new marketing techniques shortcircuit thought and disenfranchise consumers, programming them to seek short-term gratification. These practices of 'libidinal economics' have profound consequences for nature of human desire and they underpin the social and psychological malaise of contemporaty industrial society. In this opening volume Stiegler argues that the industrial model implemented since the beginning of the twentieth century has become obsolete, leading capitalist democracies to an impasse. A sign of this impasse and of the decadence to which it leads is the banalization of consumers who become ensnared in a perpetual cycle of consumption. This is the new proletarianization of the technologically infused, hyper-industrial capitalism of today. It produces a society cut off from its past and its future, stultifying human development and turning democracy into a farce in which disbelief and discredit inevitably arise.

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"Bernard Stiegler grasps the décadence of our democracies. Newindustrial (informational) technologies, harnessed byout-of-control capitalism destroy collective memory: creating acrisis of belief, a disintegration of symbolic (and financial)credit. Yet, there is exciting political potential for emergingsocio-technical formations. Stiegler is our twenty-first centurypublic intellectual."
Scott Lash, Goldsmiths College

"The Decadence of Industrial Democracies extends BernardStieglers relentless remapping of hyperindustrial modernity. It isa key text for anyone who wishes to understand the link betweentoday's telecratic politics of memory and whatever transformationsstand beyond it. It demonstrates that Stiegler is not just theradical thinker of technics but also the genealogist of cognitivemorals."
Tom Cohen, State University of New York at Albany

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ISBN-13:
9780745648101
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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