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ISBN-10: 0745339344
ISBN-13: 9780745339344
Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)
Publish Date: 05/01/2019
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 5.50" W, 0.70" H

Sad by Design: On Platform Nihilism

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Sadness is now a design problem. The highs and lows of melancholy are coded into social media platforms. After all the clicking, browsing, swiping and liking, all we are left with is the flat and empty aftermath of time lost to the app. Sad by Design offers a critical analysis of the growing social media controversies such as fake news, toxic viral memes and online addiction. The failed search for a grand design has resulted in depoliticised internet studies unable to generate either radical critique or a search for alternatives. Geert Lovink calls for us to embrace the engineered intimacy of social media, messenger apps and selfies, because boredom is the first stage of overcoming ‘platform nihilism’. Then, after the haze, we can organise to disrupt the data extraction industries at their core.

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""'Dystopian ... a scathing indictment of a technology that transforms the very notion of self into a sharing platform.'"" - Eva Illouz, author of 'Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation' ""'Sad by Design: on Platform Nihilism, despite the title, is not a sad book. It dissects our digital addictions with the dynamite power of critical theory. It's a savage journey into the heart of the digital self, and a wake-up call to break free of our own enslavement'"" - Donatella Della Ratta, author of 'Shooting a Revolution: Visual Media and Warfare in Syria' ""'Geert Lovink, who is expertly familiar with digital dynamics - technological as well as social - provides in this book a searing criticism of platform nihilism, considered above all as a perversion of computational design'"" - Bernard Stiegler, author of 'The Age of Disruption: Technology and Madness in Computational Capitalism'
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ISBN-10: 0745339344
ISBN-13: 9780745339344
Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)
Publish Date: 05/01/2019
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 5.50" W, 0.70" H
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