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Technocapitalism began as a set of essays collected in 2002 to be the first in a series of Alt-X Critical E-books.

Under the "technocapitalism" thread, ebr authors regard technology as neither utopian nor neutral, but as capital. As everyday life becomes further defined by communications, automations, and informatics, technology shapes our languages, animates our environments, and fosters our relationships. Techno-logic assures us that it applies scientific knowledge to the practical aims of human life, bringing planning, design, and growth. Yet, this is a conservative philosophy that serves to reign in technologies. The essays gathered in this thread (circa 2003) by Marc Bousquet and Katherine Wills fleshed out some of the social relations of exploitation created by this harnessing of information technologies, especially in the university and through the web. A decade later, the essays assembled by Aron Pease explore our current era of technocapitalism more broadly. As the techno club prepares its citizens for permanent war in the global state, we can also observe a technocapitalist imaginary, exemplified in the wildest fantasies of postmodern fiction and transdisciplinary discourse, pointing a way through.

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Critical writing published in this series:

Title Author Publisher Yearsort descending
Notes From the Digital Overground Mark Amerika Electronic Book Review (ebr) 1995
Histories of the Future Steven Shaviro Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Teaching the Cyborg (5 of 5) Marc Bousquet Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
The Fan’s Desire and Technopower Harvey L. Molloy Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
The Informatics of Higher Education (4 of 5) Marc Bousquet Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Michael Milken and the Corporate Raid on Education Kenneth J. Saltman Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
What’s Left: Materialist Responses to the Internet Mark Poster Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Intellectual Property Law, Freedom of Expression, and the Web Kembrew McLeod Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
The Politics of Information (Part 2 of 5) Marc Bousquet Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Social Worlds of the Information Society: Lessons from the Calumet Region John Monberg Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
The Politics of Information: A Critical E-Book Under Way Joseph Tabbi Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Resisting the Interview Katherine Wills Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
The Censoring of Burn! DeeDee Halleck Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Free Labor: Producing Culture for the Digital Economy Tiziana Terranova Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
The Florida Research Ensemble and the Prospects for an Electronic Humanities Gregory L. Ulmer Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Next Generation Student Resources: A Speculative Primer Susan Schreibman Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
The Digital Downside: Moving from Craft to Factory Production in Online Learning Timothy Luke Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Textual Events (3 of 5) Marc Bousquet Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Before and After the Web: George P. Landow (interviewed by Harvey L. Molloy) George P. Landow Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
What's Mine is Mine, and What's Yours Is Mine: Ownership in Online Universities Paul Collins Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
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