Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive

Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive


By (author) Jodi Dean

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  • Publisher: Polity Press
  • Format: Hardback | 162 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 218mm x 18mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 11 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0745649696
  • ISBN 13: 9780745649696
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,334,306

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Blog Theory develops a critical theory of contemporary media. Advancing her account of communicative capitalism, Jodi Dean explores how new media practices like blogging, friending, and texting capture their users in networks of enjoyment, production, and surveillance.

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Author information

Jodi Dean is Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Review quote

"If Ballard invited the 20th century viewer to witness their own mass atrocity exhibition, we now have the update for the 21st century: Jodi Dean's demolition job of the Internet as we know it. With Blog Theory we can finally terminate the hype of blogging and seriously engage the deeply distracted condition of the networked present. The incestuous relationship between journalism and bloggers is exposed to make way for critical reflections on techniques of self-management for our all-too-fragile identities." Geert Lovink "Blog Theory is refreshingly free of received ideas about the wonderful new world of media. Jodi Dean manages the difficult art of being critical of new media without becoming a cranky curmudgeon. She uses psychoanalytic concepts to produce a synoptic view of the decline of symbolic efficiency under communicative capitalism, and the way the blogosphere participates in this dissipation of the totems and tokens of what we once thought of as the public sphere. She clears the way for imagining the politics of media by other means." McKenzie Wark, New School University

Table of contents

Acknowledgements vi 1 Blog Settings 1 2 The Death of Blogging 33 3 Whatever Blogging 61 4 Affective Networks 91 Notes 127 Index 144