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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:

Titlesort descending Author Publisher Year
A Digital Publishing Model for Publication by Writers (for Writers) Scott Rettberg, Joseph Tabbi Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2017
Academia.“edu” Johannah Rodgers Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2017
An Ontological Turn Kieran Smith Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2016
Before and After the Web: George P. Landow (interviewed by Harvey L. Molloy) George P. Landow Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Before Corporate Monoculture Alfred Thomas Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2016
Beyond the Voting Machine Marc Bousquet Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Dead Trees, or Dead Formats? David Haeselin Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2010
Delete the Border! Fran Ilich Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Electronic Literature: Where Is It? Dene Grigar Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2008
Electronic Pies in the Poetry Skies Charles Bernstein Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Free Labor: Producing Culture for the Digital Economy Tiziana Terranova Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Free Market Formalism: Reading Economics as Fiction Daniel Worden Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2011
From Utopianism to Weak Messianism: Electronic Culture’s Spectral Moment Stephanie Tripp Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Ghostbusters 2.0 Ralph Clare Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2017
Histories of the Future Steven Shaviro Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
I Am the Cosmos Aron Pease Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2013
Illegal Knowledge: Strategies for New Media Activism Ricardo Dominguez Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Information Wants to Be Free, Or Does It?: The Ethics of Datafication Geoffrey Rockwell, Bettina Berendt Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2017
Intellectual Property Law, Freedom of Expression, and the Web Kembrew McLeod Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2003
Love Your Corporation Henry S. Turner Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2017
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