Information Commodification

We need a new language to describe emergent forms of commodity economy. It’s not neo anything or post anything. It’s not late capitalism or cognitive capitalism. Modifiers won’t do. It’s based on an ontological mutation: the historical production of the category of information.

…. Just sticking some modifiers on the old terms doesn’t really capture the strangeness of the times.

– McKenzie Wark

The same should be applied about education too. This interview is a great read if you’re interested in our evolving digital times – Information-Commodification. There are so many great ideas bouncing around and some real insight into how the Information Age is changing and mutating the way our society works!

Wark was my first introduction to academic writing and thinking – way back when I was 17 and still in high school I read (and re-read his work).  I appreciate Wark because it set me on the path to where I am, but I’ve realised I haven’t engaged with his work for ages and probably have a lot to catchup on. It’s all a bit serendipitous that this post came up in my Twitter feed because I was literally thinking about re-reading The Virtual Republic just to see how it holds up more than a decade on.

I love this article and there’s a number of other ideas worth spending some time mulling over:

“Facebook ‘gives’ you information, about your friends and so forth. But it extracts far more than it gives. It gives data but extracts metadata.”

“We’re all servants of the most boring and clueless ruling class in a century.”

“The state no longer knows how it is supposed to marshall the forces of commodification towards ‘progress’. There is no real promise of a better tomorrow to make the pain and boredom of commodified life seem worthwhile. The disintegrating spectacle is where we are now. “


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