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Sociophobia : political change in the digital utopia / Cesar Rendueles ; translated by Heather Cleary.

Author/creator Rendueles, César author.
Other author/creatorCleary, Heather translator.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
Descriptionxiii, 177 pages ; 22 cm.
Uniform titleSociofobia. English
Series Insurrections: critical studies in religion, politics, and culture
Insurrections. ^A717266
Abstract The great ideological cliche of our time, Cesar Rendueles argues in Sociophobia, is the idea that communication technologies can support positive social dynamics and improve economic and political conditions. We would like to believe that the Internet has given us the tools to overcome modernity's practical dilemmas and bring us into closer relation, but recent events show how technology has in fact driven us farther apart. Named one of the ten best books of the year by Babelia El Pais, Sociophobia looks at the root causes of neoliberal utopia's modern collapse. It begins by questioning the cyber-fetishist dogma that lulls us into thinking our passive relationship with technology plays a positive role in resolving longstanding differences. Rendueles claims that the World Wide Web has produced a diminished rather than augmented social reality. In other words, it has lowered our expectations with respect to political interventions and personal relations.In an effort to correct this trend, Rendueles embarks on an ambitious reassessment of our antagonistic political traditions to prove that post-capitalism is not only a feasible, intimate, and friendly system to strive for but also essential for moving past consumerism and political malaise.-- Provided by Publisher.
General noteTranslated from the Spanish.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Rendueles, César. Sociophobia. New York : Columbia University Press, [2017] 9780231544375
LCCN 2016041870
ISBN9780231175265 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
ISBN0231175264 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
ISBN9780231175272 (paperback ; alkaline paper)
ISBN0231175272 (paperback ; alkaline paper)
ISBN(electronic book)
Standard identifier# 40027062518

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