This essay addresses the forms of utopian imagination that are produced when concepts such as society, community, and revolution are rendered using computational and communicational metaphors. By connecting recent phenomena such as the notion of “Twitter revolution” and Sheryl Sandberg's ongoing Lean In project to a longer genealogy of cybernetic imaginaries, capitalist economism, and governmentality, the author questions the assumptions and occlusions that result when sociality and digitality are conflated.
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Seb Franklin; Notes on Digital Community and Revolution. Camera Obscura 1 December 2016; 31 (3 (93)): 99–131. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/02705346-3662018
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