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This serious idea and modern Society quantity deals an unique research of the position of the electronic in modern society. It rearticulates serious thought via enticing it with the demanding situations of the electronic revolution to teach how the electronic is altering the ways that we lead our politics, societies, economies, media, or even deepest lives. particularly, the paintings examines how the enlightenment values embedded in the tradition and materiality of electronic expertise can be utilized to give an explanation for the alterations which are taking place throughout society.

Critical idea and the electronic attracts from the severe options built by means of severe theorists to illustrate how the electronic has to be understood inside a dialectic of probably democratizing and totalizing technical strength. through concerning serious thought to features of a code-based electronic global and the political financial system that it ends up in, the booklet introduces the significance of the electronic code within the modern international to researchers within the box of politics, sociology, globalization and media studies.

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Critical theory and the digital

This severe idea and modern Society quantity deals an unique research of the function of the electronic in cutting-edge society. It rearticulates serious thought through enticing it with the demanding situations of the electronic revolution to teach how the electronic is altering the ways that we lead our politics, societies, economies, media, or even deepest lives.

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In order to understand, explain and offer a critical response to them, it is increasingly important that we offer a praxis and a politics that is equal to the questions raised by the digital. In the next chapter we will lay the foundations for this move by looking at the early history of the Frankfurt School and some of the key theorists whose work provides inspiration for this book. 2 From culture industry to computational industries I n this chapter I want to introduce some of the basic ideas that were developed by the Frankfurt School and to give a brief history of the Institute for Social Research, before outlining how their main concepts will be discussed in relation to the digital.

Indeed, the ‘rationality embodied of giant enterprises makes it appear as if men, in obeying them, obey the dictum of an objective rationality’ (Marcuse 1978: 154). This is true too of algorithms, perhaps even more so. Marcuse further argues that it creates a danger of a ‘private bureaucracy [which] fosters a delusive harmony between the special and the common interest. Private power relationships appear not only as relationships between objective things but also as the rule of rationality itself’ (Held 1997: 68).

The Frankfurt School, on the contrary, argued that social reality could not be reduced to the ‘facts of consciousness’, thus social reality cannot be reduced to individuals’ consciousness of it. But an analysis of social determinations of subjectivity is essential; in other words, subjectivity is a social category. Thirdly, Nietzsche’s thought is based on the idea of Will to Power, and the Frankfurt School were interested in analyzing new forms of anonymous and universal political and cultural domination which affects everyone equally and prevents the emergence or formation of class consciousness.

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