This Critical Theory and Contemporary Society volume offers an original analysis of the role of the digital in today's society. It rearticulates critical theory by engaging it with the challenges of the digital revolution to show how the digital is changing the ways in which we lead our politics, societies, economies, media, and even private lives. In particular, the work examines how the enlightenment values embedded within the culture and materiality of digital technology can be used to explain the changes that are occurring across society.
Critical Theory and the Digital draws from the critical concepts developed by critical theorists to demonstrate how the digital needs to be understood within a dialectic of potentially democratizing and totalizing technical power. By relating critical theory to aspects of a code-based digital world and the political economy that it leads to, the book introduces the importance of the digital code in the contemporary world to researchers in the field of politics, sociology, globalization and media studies.
David M. Berry teaches in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University, UK. His research interests focus on media/medium theory, software studies, and technology. He is particularly interested in the methodological and theoretical challenges of digital media. His previous books include: Copy, Rip, Burn: The Politics of Copyleft and Open Source (2008), Understanding
Digital Humanities (2011) and The Philosophy of Software: Code and Mediation in the Digital Age (2011).
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: From Culture Industry to Computational Industries
Chapter 3: The Softwarization of Society
Chapter 4: Computational Ontologies
Chapter 5: The Reification of Everyday Life
Chapter 6: Computational Aesthetics
Chapter 7: Critical Praxis and the Computational
Chapter 8: Towards a Critical Theory of the Digital