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by Jonathan Crary
This masterful book provides uniquely compelling insights into our postmodern condition including the possibility of change
The workers in the mills were organised into two 12‑hour shifts. The mills never stopped. Crary is a professor of modern art and theory, so you are going to have to brace yourself for a certain amount of rhetoric: the round-the-clock world's "peremptory reductiveness celebrates a hallucination of presence, of an unalterable permanence composed of incessant, frictionless operations" etc. The usual suspects – Deleuze and Guattari, Walter Benjamin, Foucault – crop up regularly.
The marketplace now operates through every hour of the clock, pushing us into constant activity and eroding forms of community and political expression, damaging the fabric of everyday life.
Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation between an intensified, ubiquitous .
Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation between an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and emerging strategies of control and surveillance. He describes the ongoing management of individual attentiveness and the impairment of perception within the compulsory routines of contemporary technological culture.
That is the argument of Jonathan Crary’s provocative and fascinating essay, which takes 24/7 as a spectral umbrella term for round-the-clock consumption and production in today’s world. The human power nap is a macho response to what Crary notes is the alarming shrinkage of sleep in modernity
Crary’s denunciation of the 24/7 world’s saturation in web-enabled media results in some splendid formulations . At the end of the book, Crary waxes poetic about this and laments that few people these days besides New Agers are interested in their dreams.
Crary’s denunciation of the 24/7 world’s saturation in web-enabled media results in some splendid formulations – such as when he argues that activists who organise on the internet voluntarily kettle themselves in cyberspace, where state surveillance, sabotage and manipulation are far easier than in lived communities. Crary complains that films such as The Matrix portray societies of sleepers as inert and duped and so work as propaganda for 24/7.
Sleep, he claims, in its profound uselessness and intrinsic passivity. will always collide with the demands of a 24/7 universe. Sleep is unprofitable, an embarrassing defect to the temporalities of a round-the-clock labor system, an incongruous anomaly and site of crisis in the global present. The stunning, inconceivable reality, declares Crary, is that nothing of value can be extracted from.
Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation between an intensified .
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