Posthuman Capitalism critically reviews the manifestation of capitalist agenda online by examining the phenomenon of the ‘posthuman’ in the data economy.
The chapters examine our posthuman condition, where we are constantly asked to partake in platforms which perform to capitalist agenda while socializing us into new platforms of living, consuming and interacting online. Labelling these modes of our experiential extractions, transactions and re-making of our mortal lives as posthuman capitalism, the book reviews the human entanglements from sociality, friendship, desire, memory, transgressions of privacy and co-production of value through the data economy.
Offering innovative and interdisciplinary conceptualisations and vantage points on our contemporary data society, this book will be a key text for scholars and students in the areas of digital media, communication studies, sociology, philosophy and social psychology.
Table of Contents
1. Posthumanism and the Data Economy: Dancing with Data 2. Sociality, Sharing and the Sensorium of Data: Our Trysts with turbulent Data Empires 3. The Ghost in the ‘Digital’ Machine: Memory and Machine Logic in the Digital Age 4. Is Anyone Listening?: Alexa is and so is Another Human 5. Surveillance and Facial Recognition: Algorithms and the Faciality of Racism 6. The Malls that Don’t Sleep: Consumption, Desire and the Attention Economy 7. Resistance and the Fragmented Subject: The Human will Prevail
Yasmin Ibrahim is Professor of Digital Economy and Culture at Queen Mary, University of London.