The 'Cloud', hailed as a new digital commons, a utopia of collaborative expression and constant connection, actually constitutes a strategy of vitalist post-hegemonic power, which moves to dominate immanently and intensively, organizing our affective political involvements, instituting new modes of enclosure, and, crucially, colonizing the future through a new temporality of control. The virtual is often claimed as a realm of invention through which capitalism might be cracked, but it is precisely here that power now thrives. Cloud time, in service of security and profit, assumes all is knowable. We bear witness to the collapse of both past and future virtuals into a present dedicated to the exploitation of the spectres of both.
|Publication date:||16th April 2012|
|Author:||Rob Coley, Dean Lockwood|
|Publisher:||Zero Books an imprint of John Hunt Publishing|
|Categories:||Social & political philosophy,|
Rob Coley is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Lincoln, researching the power and politics of contemporary visuality. Dean Lockwood, awarded a PhD in Sociology at York in 1996, is a Senior Lecturer in Media Theory in the School of Media at the University of Lincoln.More About Rob Coley, Dean Lockwood