Hypercapitalism : a political economy of informational idealism

Graham, Philip W. (2000) Hypercapitalism : a political economy of informational idealism. New Media and Society, 2(2), pp. 131-156.

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In this this paper I identify specific historical trajectories that are directly contingent upon the deployment and use of new media, but which are actually hidden by a focus on the purely technological. They are: the increasingly abstract and alienated nature of economic value; the subsumption of all labour - material and intellectual - under systemic capital; and the convergence of formerly distinct spheres of analysis –the spheres of production, circulation, and consumption. This paper examines the implications of the knowledge economy from an historical materialist perspective. I synthesise the systemic views of Marx (1846/1972, 1875/1972 1970 1973 1976 1978 1981), Adorno (1951/1974 1964/1973 1991; Horkheimer and Adorno 1944/1998; Jarvis 1998), and Bourdieu (1991 1998) to argue for a language-focused approach to new media research and suggest aspects of Marxist thought which might be useful in researching emergent socio-technical domains. I also identify specific categories in the Marxist tradition which may no longer be analytically useful for researching the effects of new media.

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ID Code: 43625
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: hypercapitalism, Marx, Adorno, knowledge economy
DOI: 10.1177/14614440022225742
ISSN: 1461-4448
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Sage Publications Ltd.
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2011 00:28
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2011 05:22

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