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  • Paperback
  • 536 pages
  • #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader
  • Robin Mackay
  • English
  • 15 June 2017
  • 9780957529557

While a couple of the pieces included in this reader felt deliberately impenetrable to a greater or lesser extent, there were a number of interesting and accessible reads, particularly in the latter sections of recent writing The overall curation of the selections was rather thoughtful as well, and the chronological ordering of the sections successfully lent appropriate color towards the end, in my reading. This took me ages to finish some of the texts are really dense in a way that isn t always justified, tbh but I am so board with the Manifesto that I m giving it 5 stars anyway Read this Or at least just read the Accelerationism Is The Name Of A Contemporary Political Heresy The Insistence That The Only Radical Political Response To Capitalism Is Not To Protest, Disrupt, Critique, Or D Tourne It, But To Accelerate And Exacerbate Its Uprooting, Alienating, Decoding, Abstractive TendenciesThe Term Was Coined To Designate A Certain Nihilistic Alignment Of Theory With The Excess And Abandon Of Capitalist Culture, And The Associated Performative Aesthetic Of Texts That Seek To Become Immanent To The Very Process Of Alienation Developing At The Dawn Of Contemporary Neoliberal Consensus, The Uneasy Status Of This Impulse, Between Subversion And Acquiescence, Between Theoretical Purchase And Aesthetic Enjoyment, Constitutes The Core Problematic Of AccelerationismSince The Publication Of Williams S And Srnicek S Accelerate Manifesto For An Accelerationist Politics, The Term Has Been Adopted To Name A Set Of New Theoretical Enterprises That Aim To Conceptualise Non Capitalist Futures Outside Of Traditional Marxist Critiques And Regressive, Decelerative Or Restorative Solutions ACCELERATE Presents A Genealogy Of Accelerationism, Tracking The Impulse Through S UK Darkside Cyberculture And The Theory Fictions Of Nick Land, Sadie Plant, Iain Grant, And Anonymous Units Like CCRU And SWITCH, Across The Cultural Underground Of The S Rave, Acid House, Terminator And Bladerunner And Back To Its Sources In Delirious Post Ferment, In Texts Whose Searing Nihilistic Jouissance Would Later Be Disavowed By Their Authors And The Marxist And Academic Establishment AlikeOn Either Side Of This Largely Unexplored Central Sequence, The Book Includes Texts By Marx That Call Attention To His Own Prometheanism And Key Works From Recent Years Document The Recent Extraordinary Emergence Of New Accelerationisms Steeled Against The Onslaughts Of Neoliberal Capitalist Realism, And Retooled For The Twenty First CenturyAt The Forefront Of The Energetic Contemporary Debate Around This Disputed, Problematic Term, ACCELERATE Activates A Historical Conversation About Futurality, Technology, Politics, Enjoyment And Kapital This Is A Legacy Shot Through With Contradictions, Yet Urgently Galvanized Today By The Poverty Of Reasonable Contemporary Political Alternatives A cohesive procession of reflections on the gradual disappearance of nature in the production of the world, and its correlation with the rise of machination in all of life s facets Leave it to Urbanomic to cobble together such an impressive and novel collection Mackay s interests in accelerationism is beyond the typical socio cultural analysis, and instead focuses on the uncovering of object oriented ontology provided by the rise of the machine For example, instead of including McLuhan, Virilio or Benjamin, we instead get treated to J.G Ballard, Mark Fisher and Deleuze Guattari, writers who see the actor as a product of processes, and the increasingly procedural ways in which the world is formatted to erase us.I may imagine that the typical reader is, like me, completely unfamiliar with most of the theorists introduced in the second half of the collection But the way that this collection progresses really introduces the later ideas wonderfully. Not so much a genealogy as a fabrication of a canon, what many an accelerationist would unabashedly dub a hyperstition, albeit retroactive But what can we say of it One can find within it interesting texts, particularly those by the post 68 French philosophers, as well as those sprawling out of the Ccru of 90s Warwick and Fisher s on point summary Yet there seems to be a disconnect between the libidinal desiring acceleration, which would even entail an acceleration of the worst le pire , politico economically and it is this, found in Deleuze Lyotard Baudrillard, that Benjamin Noys originally coined as accelerationism, and which also invokes the affirmation of Nietzsche and his fragment on The Strong of the Future, obviously fed through a Klossowskian lens a lineage are affirmationism another Noys coinage and accelerationism just French Nietzscheanism notably absent in this little reader a disconnect, then, between this and much of the material of the contemporary discourse of accelerationism, which would much rather invoke rationalism, productivism postcapitalism won t come easy sad , and in post trans humanism, with its orations to futurity, science fiction, and Russian cosmism A tendency, as Patricia Reed notes in the final text, of reorienting than of accelerating proper So, to quote Dolce Gabbana, which is the revolutionary path Is there one T he truth is that we haven t seen anything yet i like it, but it s also bad, so Great concept, interesting compilation and a wide range on the timeline of writings regarding this topic Great, but no easy read inspiring to dig deeper into Accelerationism 2 beacuse I percieve some of the writings are included due to a political dogma rather than to the topic. Review forthcoming Everything is right about this book Even the format is radical It s a bit smaller than the usual monograph but thicker There is a physical feeling that we are reading a trashy 1970s airport novel.But this book is the furthest point from a trashy 1970s airport novel you can imagine.It is a reader That means, after a powerful introduction by the editors, that extracts from key theorists of acceleration are presented These move from Marx to Reed While these writers are disparate, this book has a strong sense of a really radical manifesto to get inside neoliberalism and blow it to hell The final third of the book takes on the consequences to humans and humanity of the deterritorialization of capitalism Technology is a trope, motif and object throughout the book It is an ambivalent force part of modernity but also dehumanizing.This is a great book to read in one hit, or to carry in bag and read a chapter a day on the train It will leave you angry And it will leave you wanting to get inside the system and do something. 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