Marxism Technology, Politics



The new ‘organization’: digital culture industry and current right-wing radicalism
What do Donald Trump, Volodymyr Zelensky, Nayib Bukele, Jair Bolsonaro have in common? In addition to their spurious character, they did not depend on large parties to get elected, become eligible, or gain political strength. Even though Trump is a Republican, he was not an “organic one.” Many of them resorted to “Uber parties,” secondary parties that had a merely formal role in their election. Bolsonaro, for instance, is not even affiliated with a party anymore. For the political projection of these figures, the media and social networks were much more important than the Party. The impact of Cambridge Analytica in dozens of elections leaves us in no doubt about that. However, the debate about the relationship between politics and technology has been restricted to the problem of data extraction, surveillance, and techno-authoritarianism. Fuzzy expressions such as “fake news” and “post-truth,” although they seek to explain how manipulation takes place through these networks, also do not seem sufficient to explain the political success of these figures. Interestingly, the main lineage of Marxism that dealt with the relationship between propaganda, fascism, technology, culture, and capitalism – the Frankfurt School – hardly appears in these debates. (READ MORE at link above)

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Nov 09 2021


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