Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745337302 Published December 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337319 Will Publish February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Message Is Murder

Substrates of Computational Capital

Jonathan Beller

The Message Is Murder

Jonathan Beller

Distributed for Pluto Press

176 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745337302 Published December 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337319 Will Publish February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
More than fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan proclaimed that “the medium is the message,” profoundly influencing future generations of media theorists. A long-overdue wakeup call for the field of media studies, The Message is Murder analyzes the formations of violence still imbued in the everyday functions of the media. Jonathan Beller introduces the concept of computational capital to argue that contemporary media are not neutral, but rather they are technologies of political economy that became entangled with gendered and racialized capitalism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Engaging with Borges, Turing, Hitchcock, and Marx, Beller offers an ambitious and provocative critique of contemporary media studies. 
 
Contents
Introduction
Part I: Informatics of Inscription/Inscription of Informatics
1. Gramsci’s Press: Why We Game
2. A Message from Borges: The Informatic Labyrinth
3. Alan Turing’s Self-Defense: On Not Castrating the Machines
4. Shannon/Hitchcock: Another Method for the Letters
5. The Internet of Value, by Karl Marx: Information as Cosmically Distributed Alienation
Part II: Photo-Graphology, Psychotic Calculus, Informatic Labor
6. Camera Obscura After All: The Racist Writing with Light
7. Pathologistics of Attention
8. Prosthetics of Whiteness: Drone Psychosis
9. The Capital of Information: Fractal Fascism, Informatic Labor and M-I-M’
Appendix
From the Cinematic Mode of Productiion to Computational
Capital: An Interview conducted by Ante Jeric and Diana Meheik for Kulturpunk
Notes
Index
 
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