Communication and the ability to share meaning, thoughts, and feelings are essential to living a fully human life, and today more information is shared than at any other time in history, often in the form of a “digital exhaust” of which we may be only dimly aware. Might this communication be damaging to our physical, mental, and social lives? David Hill, a social and cultural theorist, presents a highly focused analytical reading of the present state of communicative activity to demonstrate how human interactions are increasingly subject to the logic of capital accumulation and a neoliberal political economy. The book draws on a densely interconnected corpus of authors, with whom Hill has engaged in his previous theoretical investigations into the intersections of work ethics and technology. A constructively pessimistic tone is struck through most of the book in the assessment of the alienating effects...
Finding Humanity in a Digital World
Chris Till is a senior lecturer in sociology at Leeds Beckett University. He is engaged in theoretical investigations and empirical work into health, technologies, and bodies and is currently conducting research into the use of self-tracking in corporate wellness initiatives.
Chris Till; Finding Humanity in a Digital World. Cultural Politics 1 November 2017; 13 (3): 391–393. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-4211388
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