Sociophobia: Political Change in the Digital Utopia by César RenduelesSociophobia: Political Change in the Digital Utopia by César Rendueles

Sociophobia: Political Change in the Digital Utopia

byCésar RenduelesForeword byRoberto SimanowskiTranslated byHeather Cleary

Paperback | April 11, 2017

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The great ideological cliché of our time, César Rendueles argues in Sociophobia, is the idea that communication technologies can support positive social dynamics and improve economic and political conditions. We would like to believe that the Internet has given us the tools to overcome modernity's practical dilemmas and bring us into closer relation, but recent events show how technology has in fact driven us farther apart.

Named one of the ten best books of the year by Babelia El País, Sociophobia looks at the root causes of neoliberal utopia's modern collapse. It begins by questioning the cyber-fetishist dogma that lulls us into thinking our passive relationship with technology plays a positive role in resolving longstanding differences. Rendueles claims that the World Wide Web has produced a diminished rather than augmented social reality. In other words, it has lowered our expectations with respect to political interventions and personal relations. In an effort to correct this trend, Rendueles embarks on an ambitious reassessment of our antagonistic political traditions to prove that post-capitalism is not only a feasible, intimate, and friendly system to strive for but also essential for moving past consumerism and political malaise.

César Rendueles is a professor of sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid.
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Title:Sociophobia: Political Change in the Digital UtopiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pagesPublished:April 11, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231175272

ISBN - 13:9780231175272

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Culture Industry 2.0, or the End of Digital Utopias in the Era of Participation Culture, by Roberto SimanowskiGround Zero: Sociophobia1. Digital Utopia2. After CapitalismCoda: 1989NotesIndex

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Sociophobia is already a landmark book in the Spanish-language world. With his contrarian perspective on the emancipatory capability of social networks, copyleft, and other forms of activism in the digital era, Rendueles will have a major impact on global debates about technology and postcapitalism.