Ghosts Beyond the Machine: "Schizoid Nondroids" and Fictions of Surveillance Capitalism

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This chapter posits the schizoid nondroid as a figurative concept connecting developments in environmental technologies, posthuman traumatic materialism, and contemporary surveillance capitalism. Schizoid nondroids are shown to consists of cognitive assemblages wielding surveillance capitalist powers, restricting cognizers’ freedom of participation and harboring the potential for trauma as bodies and networked technologies become intertwined. Through the analysis of two contemporary novels, Dave Egger’s dystopian satire The Circle (2013) and Malka Older’s science-fiction novel Infomocracy (2016), schizoid nondroids are revealed to extract data, labor, and compliance from their constituents in order to drive profits and make leaving the exploitative assemblages impossible. These fictions of surveillance capitalism are revealed to offer a fruitful starting point for considering the interfacing of bodies and technology, a central feature of the contemporary condition of living with environmental technologies.
Titel på gästpublikationThe Ethos of Digital Environments : Technology, Literary Theory and Philosophy
RedaktörerSusanna Lindberg , Hanna-Riikka Roine
Antal sidor17
Utgivningsdatum11 maj 2021
ISBN (tryckt)9780367643270
ISBN (elektroniskt)9781003123996
StatusPublicerad - 11 maj 2021
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok


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