24 / 7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep by Jonathan Crary

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24/7: overdue Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep explores many of the ruinous results of the increasing continuous methods of twenty-first-century capitalism. now operates via each hour of the clock, pushing us into consistent task and eroding kinds of group and political expression, destructive the material of daily life.

Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation among an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and rising techniques of keep an eye on and surveillance. He describes the continuing administration of person attentiveness and the impairment of belief in the obligatory exercises of up to date technological tradition. while, he indicates that human sleep, as a restorative withdrawal that's intrinsically incompatible with 24/7 capitalism, issues to different extra bold and collective refusals of world-destroying styles of progress and accumulation.

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Both qualitatively and quantitatively speaking then, I am divorced from Nature, my identity in no way a function of the identity of Nature. My self-interest, accordingly, does not extend to it, and in this respect too it is beyond the purview of moral concern. As Brian Easlea concludes, a nature of mere matter in motion has no rights. It is not a nature that rational men, after liberating themselves from its domination, will seek to communicate with,…will seek to love through ever greater understanding of its ways.

We may feel that it is science, and its double-edged technology, which threaten our psychic integrity, but like an individual facing a psychological crisis, the way through is to confront our fears and to use them to develop our strength and wisdom, rather than to avoid and suppress them. A world which rids itself of Frankenstein by simply banishing him or withdrawing its support will not be liberated from his power, for in these circumstances his spirit, repressed, will wax strong, and come to visit the world in many guises, even to dominate.

If it can be shown that a certain social system is natural, then people are less likely to blame their rulers for it, no matter how onerous they find it. If, on the other hand, a system demonstrably benefits its members, but can be shown to be out of phase with the general scheme of things, then people will tend to lack faith in it, will expect it to collapse. For this reason a thoroughgoing legitimation will seek to demonstrate not only that the system in question is good, but that it is natural.

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