By Gerald Raunig
In this "concise philosophy of the machine," Gerald Raunig presents a old and significant backdrop to an idea proposed 40 years in the past via the French philosophers Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze: the computing device, no longer as a technical gadget and gear, yet as a social composition and concatenation. This belief of the laptop as an association of technical, physically, highbrow, and social elements subverts the competition among guy and computing device, organism and mechanism, person and neighborhood. Drawing from an strange variety of movies, literature, and performance--from the position of bicycles in Flann O'Brien's fiction to Vittorio de Sica's Neorealist movie The Bicycle Thieves, and from Karl Marx's "Fragment on Machines" to the deus ex machina of Greek drama--Raunig arrives at an stronger perception of the computing device as a social circulate, discovering its so much apt and urban manifestation within the Euromayday stream, which because 2001 has turn into a transnational activist and discursive perform centred upon the precarious nature of work and lives.
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