Abstract

Abstract:

This article applies a Lacanian-Marxist critique to Maurizio Lazzarato's theories of social subjection and machinic enslavement as they relate to algorithmic and social media. Lazzarato's approach has been taken up in recent scholarship on social media to explain the role of algorithms and software in subjecting users to capital. In contrast to his approach, this article argues that social subjection, the interpellation of desire, and the political dimension of the class struggle must be given priority over machinic enslavement.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1092-311X
Print ISSN
2572-6633
Pages
pp. 457-484
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-17
Open Access
No
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