The Twittering Machine

The Twittering Machine

Paperback (15 Aug 2019) | English

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A brilliant, urgent, game-changing intervention. - China Miéville

In surrealist artist Paul Klee’s The Twittering Machine, the bird-song of a diabolical machine acts as bait to lure humankind into a pit of damnation. Leading political writer and broadcaster Richard Seymour, author of Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics argues that this is a chilling metaphor for our relationship with social media.

Former social media executives tell us that the system is an addiction-machine. We are users, waiting for our next hit as we like, comment and share. We write to the machine as individuals, but it responds by aggregating our fantasies, desires and frailties into data, and returning them to us as a commodity experience.Through journalism, psychoanalytic reflection and insights from users, developers, security experts and others, Seymour probes the human side of the machine, asking what we’re getting out of it, and what we’re getting into.

Richard Seymour has a brilliant mind and a compelling style. Everything he writes is worth reading. - Gary Younge, Editor-at-Large, Guardian

Book information

ISBN: 9781999683382
Publisher: The Indigo Press
Imprint: The Indigo Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 302.30285
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 514
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 288g
Height: 137mm
Width: 215mm
Spine width: 24mm