Digital technologies were born out of and have become fundamental to the processes of global capitalism in terms of production, finance, media and entertainment, extracting data and surveying its insatiable technoconsumers whilst simultaneously presenting itself in the guise of augmentation.
However, whilst we are busy tweeting and updating status’ - uploading data, consumed and delighted by ‘cool’ new media, fuelling the capitalist model – the world is drifting towards disaster, unwilling to seriously face the real problem of terrifying climate change. We are increasingly in a constant state of distraction as a subject of constant extraction. This tragedy is set in a future where processes of ‘dextraction’ have accelerated to the point of alienation.
Can these technologies be subverted to provide post-capitalist alternatives in a context where irreversible climatic disasters, (environmental changes provoked by actions by the system), are fully experienced and have disrupted capitalism in a feedback loop? Are there other values in technology after the techno-utopian dream has failed, after the tragic flaw is self-recognised, as we realise technology did not save us, following the downfall?
© 2016 André Kong