Connected, or What It Means to Live in the Network Society

Connected, or What It Means to Live in the Network Society

Steven Shaviro


In the twenty-first century, a community society is rising. Fragmented, visually saturated, characterised by way of speedy technological switch and relentless social upheavals, it truly is dizzying, over the top, and occasionally surreal. during this breathtaking paintings, Steven Shaviro investigates pop culture, new applied sciences, political swap, and neighborhood disruption and concludes that technological know-how fiction and social truth became nearly indistinguishable. 
Connected is made from a sequence of mini-essays-on cyberpunk, hip-hop, movie noir, internet browsing, greed, digital surveillance, pervasive multimedia, psychedelic medicines, synthetic intelligence, evolutionary psychology, and the structure of Frank Gehry, between different issues. Shaviro argues that our unusual new international is more and more being reworked in methods, and by means of units, that appear to come back out of the pages of technology fiction, even whereas the area itself is turning into a futuristic panorama. the result's that technological know-how fiction presents the main precious social idea, the one shape that manages to be as radical as truth itself. 

Connected seems to be at how our networked atmosphere has manifested itself within the paintings of J. G. Ballard, William S. Burroughs, Philip okay. Dick, William Gibson, okay. W. Jeter, and others. Shaviro specializes in technology fiction not just as a kind of cultural statement but additionally as a prescient discussion board during which to discover the forces which are morphing our global right into a type of digital fact online game. unique and compelling, Connected shows how the continuous experimentation of technology fiction, like technology and know-how themselves, conjures the invisible social and monetary forces that encompass us.  

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