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Platform Capitalism | Critical Theory | Continental Philosophy | General Philosophy | Subjects | Wiley
What unites Google and Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, Siemens and GE, Uber and Airbnb? Across a wide range of sectors, these firms are transforming themselves into platforms: businesses that provide the hardware and software foundation for others to operate on. This transformation signals a major shift in how capitalist firms operate and how they interact with the rest of the economy: the emergence of ‘platform capitalism’.

This book critically examines these new business forms, tracing their genesis from the long downturn of the 1970s to the boom and bust of the 1990s and the aftershocks of the 2008 crisis. It shows how the fundamental foundations of the economy are rapidly being carved up among a small number of monopolistic platforms, and how the platform introduces new tendencies within capitalism that pose significant challenges to any vision of a post-capitalist future. This book will be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the most powerful tech companies of our time are transforming the global economy.""

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--Marxism and Critical theory tags are tentative as the author belongs to *speculative realism* school, which allegedly moves beyond anti-realist tendencies of the past
GAFA  capitalism  market_failures  monopoly  critique  book  critical_theory  marxism  ? 
january 2018 by rvenkat
AUTOMATING INEQUALITY by Virginia Eubanks | Kirkus Reviews
-- As long as they are open, transparent and regulated, I see no problem with an automated bureaucracy. I understand the concerns but I am becoming increasingly numb to this monotonous tone of the critics. Then again, bureaucracy is never known to operate under openness, transparency and sensible regulations to go along with it.

Technology has been mostly good to humankind and there is no reason to expect that *this* is going to be any different. But who knows, maybe civilization will end in a catastrophic *core dump*...
book  algorithms  machine_learning  big_data  automation  ethics  inequality  critical_theory  phobia  sociology_of_technology  bureaucracy  governance  regulation  via:zeynep 
december 2017 by rvenkat
The Age of Outrage | City Journal
-- uses overly misleading metaphors to rush to his world view; nothing new here except a few interesting references.
education  academia  politics  left  liberalism  gender_studies  queer_studies  critical_theory  regressive_left  history_of_ideas  critique 
december 2017 by rvenkat
10 Things Every Intersectional Feminist Should Ask On a First Date - Everyday Feminism
-- thank the lord that I do not have to answer these questions, phew... but my little one might have too :(
funny  feminism  gender  gender_studies  queer_studies  critical_theory 
december 2017 by rvenkat
Assembled Bodies
In this semimanifesto, I approach how understandings of quantum physics and cyborgian bodies can (or always already do) ally with feminist anti-oppression practices long in use. The idea of the body (whether biological, social, or of work) is not stagnant, and new materialist feminisms help to recognize how multiple phenomena work together to behave in what can become legible at any given moment as a body. By utilizing the materiality of conceptions about connectivity often thought to be merely theoretical, by taking a critical look at the noncentralized and multiple movements of quantum physics, and by dehierarchizing the necessity of linear bodies through time, it becomes possible to reconfigure structures of value, longevity, and subjectivity in ways explicitly aligned with anti-oppression practices and identity politics. Combining intersectionality and quantum physics can provide for differing perspectives on organizing practices long used by marginalized people, for enabling apparatuses that allow for new possibilities of safer spaces, and for practices of accountability.
funny  post-modernism  feminism  critical_theory  gender_studies  queer_studies  bullshit  for_friends 
november 2017 by rvenkat
Trump: The Intersectional President – tressiemc
-- a critique of critiques of identity politics, mostly interesting because of its use of cultural hegemony, intersectionality and all that. I am not a fan of _high theory_ or this essay but I do enjoy reading Cottom.
tressie.cottom  us_politics  trumpism  critical_theory  cultural_studies 
november 2017 by rvenkat
Racial Projects in Black Box Societies – Digital Sociology at VCU – Medium
-- use of fancy high theory seems unnecessary

-- discourse on race in this country keeps rediscovering caste system, they should read more sub-continental post-colonial thought.
race  discrimination  inequality  critical_theory  cultural_studies  sociology  cybernetics  tressie.cottom 
october 2017 by rvenkat
Feminism and the Future of Philosophy - The New York Times
-- the actual article is warm-up. The main show begins within the comments. Surely, one can do better than this.
philosophy  feminism  critique  post-modernism  marxism  cultural_studies  critical_theory  i_remain_skeptical  NYTimes 
september 2017 by rvenkat

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