Friday, January 21, 2011

Farmished and Fartumult: Manufacturing Befuddlement

It's typical that the most prestigious bourgeois dissident theoretical product is harping now on the ungraspable complexity of reality and the staggering difficulty of "cognitively mapping" "contemporary global capitalism" at a time when a) social relations are simplifying amazingly (class polarization, single superpower, financialization etc.) b) information is far more easily gathered, stored and analysed than ever and c) the computing power and data resources of single firms like Goldman Sachs can represent historical reality in far greater detail than anyone would ever need and can in fact track the most minute changes almost in real time and instantly analyse them in more ways than anyone could possibly make use of.

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