By Jonathan Crary
24/7: past due Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep explores many of the ruinous effects of the increasing continuous strategies of twenty-first-century capitalism. now operates via each hour of the clock, pushing us into consistent task and eroding sorts of group and political expression, harmful the material of daily life.
Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation among an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and rising recommendations of keep watch over and surveillance. He describes the continuing administration of person attentiveness and the impairment of belief in the obligatory exercises of up to date technological tradition. whilst, he indicates that human sleep, as a restorative withdrawal that's intrinsically incompatible with 24/7 capitalism, issues to different extra bold and collective refusals of world-destroying styles of development and accumulation.
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If it were otherwise, who would determine which ideas are good and which are forbidden? The government? [FHF 78] What do you think of libel and slander laws? They are appropriate laws, because the freedom of ideas does not permit you to lie about a person. Under the older interpretation of the courts, truth was your defense. If you know something defamatory about someone, and it’s true, then you have the right to say it. But today, you can practically say anything, so long as you’re supposedly not motivated by malice.
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