The following notes are derived from study of debates around the advent of information technology & “the internet of things”. They stand as a prelude to a more fundamental critique of Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism: a Guide to Our Future (London: Allen Lane, 2015), which I view as the most advanced of idealist thought on the matter. The starting point, here, is a reflection on the labour-power exercised in the field of marketing.
In my time as editor of the RED blog, I have been fortunate enough to come across 2 artists I would consider to be “organically” representative of proletarian art in its present stage of development. For the purposes of this piece, they will remain anonymous. I mean no offense by considering their art as “organic” or, more accurately, nascent. Quite the opposite is true. However, as I hope to work with the individuals in the future, I have opted to avoid any unintended offense.