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Description - Decadence of Industrial Democracies by Bernard Stiegler

Translated by DANIEL ROSS
Bernard Stiegler is one of the most original philosophers
writing today about new technologies and their implications for
social, political and personal life. Drawing on sources ranging
from Plato and Marx to Freud, Heidegger and Derrida, he develops a
highly original account of technology as grammatology, as a
technics of writing that constitutes our experience of time, memory
and desire, even of life itself. Society and our place within it
are shaped by technical reproduction which can both expand and
restrict the horizons and possibilities of human agency and
In the three volumes of Disbelief and Discredit Stiegler
argues that this process of technical reproduction has become
dangerously divorced from its role in the constitution of human
experience. Radically challenging the optimistic view of new
technologies as facilitators of learning and progress, he argues
new marketing techniques shortcircuit thought and disenfranchise
consumers, programming them to seek short-term gratification. These
practices of ?libidinal economics? have profound
consequences for nature of human desire and they underpin the
social and psychological malaise of contemporaty industrial
In this opening volume Stiegler argues that the industrial model
implemented since the beginning of the twentieth century has become
obsolete, leading capitalist democracies to an impasse. A sign of
this impasse and of the decadence to which it leads is the
banalization of consumers who become ensnared in a perpetual cycle
of consumption. This is the new proletarianization of the
technologically infused, hyper-industrial capitalism of today. It
produces a society cut off from its past and its future,
stultifying human development and turning democracy into a farce in
which disbelief and discredit inevitably arise.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745648101
ISBN-10: 074564810X
Format: Paperback / softback
(230mm x 154mm x 16mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 12-Aug-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bernard Stiegler

Bernard Stiegler is Director of the Department of Cultural Development at Centre Georges Pompidou.

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