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Hypercapitalism:Political economy, electric identity, and authorial alienation

Graham, Philip W. (1999) Hypercapitalism:Political economy, electric identity, and authorial alienation. In Armitage , J & Roberts , J (Eds.) Exploring Cyber Society, University of Northumbria, University of Northumbria, pp. 1-27.

Abstract

Hypercapitalism, with its "knowledge economy", is the form of capitalism under which thought itself is produced, commodified, and exchanged within the globally integrated system of communication technologies. As such, hypercapitalism may be seen as not so much a revolution, but rather an evolution: the progressively thorough, inexorable totalisation of social relations by Capital. The study on which this paper is based synthesises the sociological perspectives of Marx (1970, 1844/1975, 1846/1972, 1976, 1978, 1981) and Adorno (1951/1974, 1991; Horkheimer & Adorno, 1944/1998), and the Critical Discourse perspectives of Fairclough (1989, 1992) and Lemke (1995) to argue that alienated thought and language are the fundamental, irreducible commodity-forms of Cybersociety’s knowledge economy.

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ID Code: 28885
Item Type: Conference Paper
ISBN: 09532645002
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2009 13:50
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2010 00:12

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