Digital Labor

Digital Labor & the Anthropocene

Sat, November 15
04:30 PM - 05:15 PM
Wolff Conference Room (1103)
6 E 16th St., 11th Floor


Lecture

Digital Labor and the Anthropocene
One way of thinking the Anthropocene is that it is the realization that collective, social labor is undermining the very conditions of existence on earth. What Marx called ‘metabolic rifts’ are opening everywhere. Rising levels of atmospheric carbon is just the tip of the iceberg — to use an expression that will rapidly come to have a new level of meaning. Some would prefer to think of this era as the Capitalocene, but the fact remains that with 7 billion people, any mode of organizing social labor runs into serious constraints. And so: what role can digital labor imagine for itself that does not merely perpetuate and extend the metabolic rifts that are currently yawning wide? In this presentation, I want to present a portrait of one critical thinker who joined these two issues together a long time ago — Alexander Bogdanov. Can we think forward from Bogdanov’s work to a theory and practice of collective labor for the Anthropocene?