The Digital Dark Ages: The knowledge economy as alienation

Graham, Philip W. (2001) The Digital Dark Ages: The knowledge economy as alienation. In Brown, H., Lovink, G., Merrick, H., Rossiter, N., The, D., & Wilson, M. (Eds.) The Fibreculture Reader: Politics of a digital present. Fibreculture Publications, Melbourne.


The separability of the products of human activity from their source is presupposed in the labour relation. The emergence of a global knowledge economy suggests that the most intimate aspects of human activity - thought and language – are now technologically and legally available for alienation on a global basis. But this has long been the case. People’s words and thoughts have been alienable and commodifiable since the written word emerged as a major medium, a major organising technology. This begs the question: what is the meaning of a knowledge economy? What, indeed, is the nature of the commodity form in such an economy that warrants the economy being understood as qualitatively “new”?

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