By Matteo Pasquinelli

ISBN-10: 9056626639

ISBN-13: 9789056626631

In the course of a time while pop stars develop into well-known due to intercourse tapes which were leaked on-line, it really is transparent that the web isn't resistant to the draw of the media. but paintings, academia and activism proceed to advertise the web as an untouched utopia. Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons addresses the double general dominating modern media discourse and shatters the myths of artistic commons, unfastened software program and open-source hobbies, suggesting that "free tradition" is an monetary parasite siphoning funds via peer-to-peer networks. Theorist and electronic fetishist Matteo Pasquinelli makes use of the metaphor of the animal body--which Paul Virilio has characterised as instinctual and reactionary--to counter what he sees as a capitalist exploitation of collective imagery, calling for an intensive new figuring out of the forces at paintings at the back of the electronic economic system and cultural creation.

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However, behind any organization of biopower, animal physiology always breathes and frets. Foucault inaugurated the notion of biopolitics focusing precisely on the constitution and control of Western sexuality. Rather than the state apparatus of capture, it is crucial to underline the autonomous and productive force of the animal spirits. indd 41 02-12-2008 13:42:32 animal spirits battlefield in the age of so-called advanced capitalism. Similar to a medieval bestiary, the figure of the animal elucidates this condition.

Those who call production reproduction make the job easy. Our world is full of copiers and repeaters, all highly rewarded with money and glory. It is better to interpret that to compose; it is better to have an opinion on a decision that has already been made than to make one’s own. The modern illness is the engulfing of the new in the duplicata, the engulfing of intelligence in the pleasure of the new homogenous. Real production is undoubtedly rare, for it attracts parasites that immediately make it something common and banal.

Indd 47 02-12-2008 13:42:33 animal spirits they are not necessarily detrimental to human health. From the discovery of fermented food like bread and wine (thanks to microorganisms like yeast and bacteria) to the mysteries of the religious and bureaucratic caste (demanding and managing the surplus production of society), the alliance with the parasite is part of the foundation of the society and sometimes of its physical wellbeing. For instance, the relations between the network of Free Software developers and corporations such as IBM (adopting Free Software to sell more hardware) can be described only in the terms of a tactical alliance with a macroparasite.

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