In this week’s episode, John, Emily, and special guest Sumru Atuk get into the nitty gritty of Maurizio Lazzarato’s Signs and Machines: Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity. We unpack and question his contribution to conversations about subjectivity, in addition to his characterization of neoliberalism. Totally unsurprisingly, we ask questions such as: what’s up with not talk about or citing any ladies? What does his work miss? How would Lazzarato deal with tech start-up and the resurgence of local craftsmanship? What actually is the crisis of capitalism? Is this capitalist subjectivity all encompassing? And can’t forget the ever-suspenseful underlying question – do we agree with these arguments!? Spoiler, this one has a surprise ending!
Also in this week’s episode is an amazing My Tumblr Friend From Canada segment, featuring extended early aughts pop culture analysis, and a One of Several Wolves discussion touching on (you guessed it) some more life transitions, this time in relation to a post-apocalypse tree house. Thank you to Sumru for joining us for this lively discussion!
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- Lazzarato’s page at Semiotext(e)
- Signs and Machines at MIT Press
- Review of Signs and Machines by Michael Maidan at Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
- 2008 interview with Lazzarato, Erin Manning, and Brian Massumi in INFLeXions
- Douglas Lain and Daniel Coffeen discuss Lazzarato’s The Making of Indebted Man on the Diet Soap Podcast
- Lazzarato’s talk at the General Organology: The Co-individuation of Minds, Bodies, Social Organisations and Technè conference at the University of Kent
2 thoughts on “Ep. 28 – Maurizio Lazzarato on Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity”
Q: Around 1:18:55 of this episode you all mention the sharing economy and an article that Joshua ___???___ is writing about Yelp, Rate My Professor, discipline, labor, etc. I would love to read this article or anything else that considers the kinds of subjectivities produced by the sharing economy / freelance economy / on-demand economy, particularly if they frame things in ways that address some of the critiques expressed by all of you re: laundry list of things that Lazzarato’s “neat” theory seems to ignore. Any recommendations, links, people I should read? Endless thanks!
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