Two Talks by Nick Dyer-Witheford on Empire@Play and 21st Century Communism
Nick Dyer-Witheford teaches in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario and is the author of Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High Technology Capitalism (1999) which provides an analysis of information-age capitalism and the movements currently dissolving it.
* Monday March 16
Empire at Play: Virtual Games & Global Capital
1:30pm, Room FA-O55 (Upper Fraser) Laurentian University.
Video and computer games are the exemplary media of today’s Empire of global capital. Just as the eighteenth-century novel was a textual apparatus generating the bourgeois personality required by mercantile colonialism (but also capable of criticizing it), and as twentieth-century cinema and television were integral to industrial consumerism (yet screened some of its darkest depictions), so virtual games are media constitutive of twenty-first century planetary hyper-capitalism and, perhaps, also of lines of exodus from it.
* Tuesday March 17
Autonomist Marxism and 21st Century Communism
10am, Room C-207 (Classroom Building), Laurentian University.
For more information on these talks contact Gary Kinsman at 675-1151 ext. 4221. Sponsored by Upping the Anti...a journal of theory and action http://uppingtheanti.org/
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