By Jonathan Crary
24/7: past due Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep explores many of the ruinous outcomes of the increasing continuous procedures of twenty-first-century capitalism. now operates via each hour of the clock, pushing us into consistent task and eroding different types of group and political expression, harmful the cloth of daily life.
Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation among an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and rising concepts of keep watch over and surveillance. He describes the continuing administration of person attentiveness and the impairment of conception in the obligatory workouts of latest technological tradition. even as, he exhibits that human sleep, as a restorative withdrawal that's intrinsically incompatible with 24/7 capitalism, issues to different extra ambitious and collective refusals of world-destroying styles of progress and accumulation.
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Or maybe it’s too big for him? Perhaps he simply wanders off. Aristocrat: Yes, those are possibilities. But I was thinking of what happens to the men who rise above all things political. By doing so, they lower the importance of their place in their own eyes. It is no longer how they orient themselves. They’ve gained what we might call perspective, friend. Student: So what’s their new found center, then? 42 Aristocrat Aristocrat: Transcendence shows them where to plant their feet. Student: Well, I don’t understand.
Aristocrat: It’s simple, friend. The state will draw the line when someone’s greed affects another’s place. And that’s because it won’t support a ruined man. Student: What happens to someone who’s reached that point? Aristocrat: If he has sunk through negligence or recklessness, and he is too far gone to be redeemed, I banish him. Student: But don’t the neighbor states resent the fact you dump these men on them? Aristocrat: There are too few for there to be much stir. Student: What distance do you keep from them, the neighbor states?
Director: Suppose that they’re like citadels, with gates shut tight. That might be good at times, perhaps when there are enemies about. But what about their friends? Are they to be shut out? What if the daring of their friends arrive with something new? The free men trust their friends, of course. Should they just take a leap of faith and let this new thing in? What if it isn’t possible to push it out if it proves bad? But what if they don’t take this risk? Won’t they, eventually, become like stagnant pools?
24 / 7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep by Jonathan Crary