1682. Hickman on Steigler

Iwrote a few posts ago that i really like Hickman’s thinking. He is more articulate about my own thoughts rhan i am.

Yet, with the rise of the digital economies, and the world of financialization the consumerist era is coming to an end as we’ve known it according to Stiegler. As he suggests digital society “is the bearer of a social organization no longer founded on Fordist consumerism, but instead on the economy of contribution”. And, yet, we must he believes introduce a new general organalogy if we are to re-individuate humans and once again create a viable democratic society. As he states it a general organology is a method of making scientific disciplines work together in relation to three spheres of individuation:

psychosomatic individuals (a psychic individual always has a body, and its “psychism” is inseparable from the organs of its body, the brain, heart, kidneys,
etc., the neuro-vegetative system, perceptual organs, and so on);
technical individuals (a technical system links together artificial organs each one of which is dependent on the others—a technical object never functions on its own, just as, for example, a brain cannot function without the heart, since it needs to be irrigated by blood, whereas a smartphone needs to be fed either by an
electrical network or by a photovoltaic battery—these artificial organs equipping psychosomatic organs: a pair of glasses equips a pair of eyes, a bicycle equips
the moving body, writing equips memory, and the sharpened flint characterizes the first hominid);
collective individuals, which form social organizations (social systems that have as a goal to make compatible and efficient the connections between physiological
organology and technological organology). (48-48)
For Stiegler it is through the implementation of this dual approach (pharmacological and organological) that reticular society, network society, will be able to confront the
collapse of the consumerist model and implement an economy of contribution that is also an economy of the reconstitution of knowledge, that is, of the struggle against the processes of proletarianization that the pharmakon tends to spread to “all levels of society.” (49)

I’m not sure I buy into his optimistic take on the new digital and financialization of society. Reading Bratton’s The Stack and other works of late I tend toward the notion that the powers of Big Data, Surveillance capitalism, and the nefarious cooption of technics and technology under neoliberal regimes will continue unabated within the digital just as they have in our consumerist societies. Only time will tell…

Both are good. That sense of the thinking body as guts. Yes. i think he can go further on how my guts and  yours, when we are talking together, are more involved with each other. I think Hickman’s caution is advised.

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