Of Anti Oedipus especially the passages on desiring machines working by breaking down could have informed what Noys believes is a preferable alternative to accelerationism chapter 7 Not knowing anything about Lyotard though I can still spot the sleights of hand Noys makes In the Introduction he does not present what Lyotard says of accelerationism in a satisfyingly clear way he then talks about Lyotard views using the term sublime without any uncontroversial evidence he then says an embrace of the sublime is a conservative trope Connect the dots Lyotard is a conservativeapparently This leads into the third problem most chapters in this book go the ollowing way summarize a writer summarize a book summarize a movie this writer sucks because x There is no low or consistency between any of the sections or any of the chapters that gives any credence to Noys critiue For example in chapter 3 Machine Being Noys says he is going to show why DG actually believe in a antasy when they think they re talking about real production Okay ine Noys summarizes a book by Victor Tausk which DG refer to in Anti Oedipus Noys reminds us again what he wants to argue about DG Noys then summarizes Gravity s Rainbow and hints at two readings a psychoanalytic one Noys is a card carrying psychoanalyst by the way so let s not pretend DG ever had a chance of a air interpretation and an accelerationist one Noys does not explore either in detail Finally there s a The Summer House few paragraphs basically saying desire is repetitive and hollow Oh okay So why are DGantasizing Noys just says they do he does not argue Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir for this position at all Towards that end Noys uses the very handy tactic of deploying economic buzzwords accepted by postmoden social sciences and humanities academics Neoliberalism and its twin horses of doom Thatcher and Reagan dotcom bubbleinancialization housing crisis stagflation and of course the big one which is so huge and useful that it makes it into the title capitalism Pepper them in anywhere Ever notice that the CCRU started changing around the time of the dotcom bubble Weird huh Silly Nick Land he never had a chance of knowing his career would be historically situated and thus defeated by the economic machinations of stockbrokers across the AtlanticHere s some positives because on the internet you re supposed to try to make The Yankee Club friends and respect your elders Noys gives a solid history and backgroundor accelerationism You can learn a bit about where accelerationist ideas came rom by reading this book and come up with a nice reading list Also Noys is careful enough to not take the most belligerent and wrong headed polemical critiue of accelerationism Imagine this book written by someone much less intelligent oreven worsea critical theorist And on that note I applaud Noys or trying to criticize accelerationism It is an absolutely worthwhile project to try and dispel the illusions and hype surrounding accelerationism Unfortunately this book is just too short and underdeveloped to be worth reading Noys just presents some unsubstantiated things he thinks about accelerationism as a middle of the road Socialist and summarizes a series of books you can just read The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day for yourself Skip it or read it and defend youravorite theorist s honor if you Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design feel so inclined Wilfully obscure sloppily thought out tract on how you probably shouldn t meld with yourridge Noys assembles genealogical materials that successfully strip away some of the appeal of accelerationism The spirit is argumentative but Noys is sensitive to the intricacies of the arguments he addresses reconstructing them often with clarity than is achieved by the disciples of the cult of non personality The readings of the accelerationist canon and the careful analysis of its excremental vision are highlights A un short overview of accelerationism and the romance of the machine so to speak Well written in the sense that even when i encountered bits that i knew nothing about ie Lacan and did not really understand what was being said it still didn t become boring or make me zone out. S; the unconscious antasies of our integration with machines; the apocalyptic accelerationism of the post 2008 moment of crisis; and the terminal moment of negative accelerationism suggests the pleasures and pains of speed signal the need to disengage negate and develop a new politics that truly challenges the supposed pleasures of spe.
S book were decidedly a bit beyond my comprehension and took awhile or me to dig around the vocabulary I am not that amiliar with but beyond that I am surprised by the well roundedness of Noys s exploration of the topic As such some uotes showing his words are better than my attempt to sum them up What we can trace between anti accelerationists and accelerationists is a strangeconvergence on nostalgia nostalgia or a vanishing possibility of socialist slow down itself aterminal slide away rom socialism versus a cap This is a Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability fascinating book that manages the balance between high theory and a social diagnosis of contemporary life Iteatures a deep undergirding of left politics which enables the diagnosis of accelerationism as a political and cultural strategyAt its most basic this book enters the problem of speed It explores the contradictory hope and devastation of new technologies exploring the Futurists Detroit techno the cyberpunks and the dotcom bubblePerhaps most significantly Noys helps us to understand what is happening to the workplace and labour Can labour and work become any aster What will be the social cost of that accelerationism This books provides a trajectory to that answer I suspect most academic books maybe books in general are just a list of excuses or personal prejudices You believe what you want and then wave your hands until you have some mildly convincing reasons why you believe what you want to believe That s particularly easy in continental philosophy Some academic books American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series forcefully and shamelessly delve into polemics and the reader is alongor the ride Other academic books are clear and precise enough that you orget you re reading some asshole with a PhD s preferences Other books aren t out and out polemics but are also shoddily reasoned so the reader is left scratching their head writing in the margins and wondering why they bothered Here s where Malign Velocities comes inMalign Velocities is a critiue of accelerationism What s accelerationism It is a complex heterogenous group of thinkers who generally emphasize speed technological progress and anti humanism Accelerationism is now hip with the youngins because of Living Meme Nick Land vaporwave thinkpieces and of course the encroaching sense of doom and utility in contemporary life Apparently Noys coined the term He describes influences and predecessors Italian Futurists Soviet poets French theorists etc He also describes different trends in accelerationism apocalypticism terminality so on His critiue amounts to the ollowing accelerationists are apologists to capitalism even when they think they re piercing through it they indulge in a antasy of the Real note the capital R and they The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish forget or try to dismiss living labor in the productive processNoys does noturnish a single reason why you should believe any of the preceding Partly because he avoids naming his targets partly because when he does name his target he is simplifying and misunderstanding them beyond recognition and partly because there s no clear sense of argumentation or consistency in the chapters The irst problem is simple enough considering accelerationism is not infreuently broken up into left and right its dangerous to try and criticize accelerationism as a unified intellectual and political program When Noys is criticizing accelerationism he doesn t often say Land says x and here s why that s problematic or example The second problem does not even depend on one s The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War familiarity with theigures he s discussing Let s take the 1970s French theorists who Noys criticizes at a theoretical level most considerably other people like Land get no noteworthy appraisal others like the Futurists are dismissed off hand after all if they were Fascists or misogynists they can t be taken seriously Sicilian Lives for one moment right I have some knowledge of Deleuze and Guattari a passing knowledge of Baudrillard and noamiliarity at all with Lyotard The sections on DG are based on a very simplistic reading of them and do not levy any worthwhile criticism urther a considerate reading. Celerate it Rejecting this conclusion Malign Velocities tracks this 'accelerationism' as the symptom of the misery and pain of labour under capitalism Retracing a series of historical moments of accelerationism the Italian Futurism; communist accelerationism after the Russian Revolution; the 'cyberpunk phuturism' of the ’90s and ’00.
Touches on liuid modernity and its relationship to speed and disruption and its links to mental disorders like schizophrenia the ultimate ghost in the machine disorder that is at the heart of modernity Relates all of these to late stage capitalism This book is a 100 page outline or a sketch It is like a hunch I think this hunch is on the right track but I so much want a longer and rigorous treatment So ar it is nice but merely a confirmatory hunch As one of the ew perhaps the only book length critiues of accelerationism Malign Velocities provides a powerful and necessary alternative approach to the idea that the only valuable strategy the political left can adopt in the second decade of the twenty irst century is not to resist rather to speed up capitalist modes of production in order to assist them in reaching their own breaking point Noys navigates through historical examples of accelerationism identifying common themes shared by the Italian Futurists defiant communist accelerationists such as Aleksei Gastev the post 68 machinic utopianists such as Deleuze Guattari and Pynchon and the cyberpunk phuturists of the 90s Nick Land and the Ccru Of course this means that Noys definition of accelerationism is uite generic and his individual critiues tend not to travel The Protestant Temperament far beyond their own chapters Regardless many of his criticisms tend to stick in the memory and seemair and measured as opposed to unfair and scathing accelerationism as utopian excess experienced as jouissance ecstasy that collapses into masochistic pain an ironically nostalgic attempt to recreate the uture of the past and a postgraduate disorder suggesting the postgraduate s confrontation of the world of labour of which they are about to be integrated as one of uture horror endless and trivial Particular attention is given to accelerationism s machinic impulses Noys suggests the ongoing theme of the integration of man and machine note the gender is symptomatic of the desires to produce the Real as the Real of production and circulation italics in original and to integrate the repetitive and deadening circuit of the sexual drive into the deadening circuit of labour Using Walter Benjamin s reading of The Railway Disaster at the Firth of Tay as a springboard Noys begins to plot out an alternative to accelerationism that doesn t simply regress back into traditional The Radiant Child failing proletarian narratives Two key measures would be to tap and resist the incitement of desire that capitalism produces and a restoration of the sense ofriction that interrupts and disrupts the undamental accelerationist antasy of smooth integration An appropriately speedy at times even breathlessly paced intervention that critiues the revolutionary powers so often ascribed to accelerationalism I d say it s a bit heavy on theory and light on examples but each chapter is so densely packed and The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data forcefully argued that there s little to complain about apartrom the act that like most Zero books including my own this one also would have benefited rom some diligent copy editing i don t think it is entirely unfair to say that Noys critiue only comes together in the Tempting Eden final chapter The part on Bataille and anal economy is indigestibly hard going as I clearly didn t have the pre reuisite background knowledge though honestly I don t see how it ties into the rest of the book You will emergerom the other side having a better understanding of the intellectual predecessors of contemporary accelerationism Italian Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, fascismouturism but not with a clear grasp of why it is not a project worth being invested in Actually even the term contemporary accelerationism is a misnomer since accelerationism is by no means a monolithic movement Noys does mention in passing Nick and William s Inventing the Future but he does not properly distinguish it Talking to Dragons from Nick Land type hyperstitional Shoggoth accelerationism which I believe is the intended target of his critiue of going all the way of the celebration of the merging of living labor with dead labor i might have to revisit this text again Parts of thi. We are told our lives are tooast subject to the accelerating demand that we innovate work enjoy produce and consume That’s one Three Times the Love familiar story Another stranger story is told here of those who think we haven’t goneast enough Instead of rejecting the increasing tempo of capitalist production they argue that we should embrace and ac.