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Exploring how neoliberalism has discovered the productive force of the psyche
Byung-Chul Han, a star of German philosophy, continues his passionate critique of neoliberalism, trenchantly describing a regime of technological domination that, in contrast to Foucault's biopower, has discovered the productive force of the psyche. In the course of discussing all the facets of neoliberal psychopolitics fueling our contemporary crisis of freedom, Han elaborates an analytical framework that provides an original theory of Big Data and a lucid phenomenology of emotion. But this provocative...
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Pia ManciniIt’s literally the first paragraph of this book. I read a previous one: La sociedad de la transparencia (transparent society) and thought it brilliant. (Source)

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A vision for building a society that looks beyond money and toward maximizing the values that make life worth living, from the cofounder of Kickstarter

Western society is trapped by three assumptions: 1) That the point of life is to maximize your self-interest and wealth, 2) That we're individuals trapped in an adversarial world, and 3) That this is natural and inevitable.

These ideas separate us, keep us powerless, and limit our imagination for the future. We see them as truth. They're not. They're a point of view that previous generations accepted. It's time we...
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Pia ManciniThank you @ystrickler for writing this book. It was an inspiring, thought provoking and encouraging read. Thank you for sending it to me and sorry for Roma’s cover art mashup :) A fantastic read for the first days of the new decade. (Source)

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Understanding Knowledge as a Commons

From Theory to Practice

Looking at knowledge as a shared resource: experts discuss how to define, protect, and build the knowledge commons in the digital age.

Knowledge in digital form offers unprecedented access to information through the Internet but at the same time is subject to ever-greater restrictions through intellectual property legislation, overpatenting, licensing, overpricing, and lack of preservation. Looking at knowledge as a commons--as a shared resource--allows us to understand both its limitless possibilities and what threatens it. In Understanding Knowledge as a Commons, experts...
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Pia Mancini@aris_goudouras great book! So important for open source as well. (Source)

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Modern economies reward activities that extract value rather than create it. This must change to insure a capitalism that works for us all.

In this scathing indictment of our current global financial system, The Value of Everything rigorously scrutinizes the way in which economic value has been determined and reveals how the difference between value creation and value extraction has become increasingly blurry. Mariana Mazzucato argues that this blurriness allowed certain actors in the economy to portray themselves as value creators, while in reality they were just...
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Pia Mancini@soulafloat @MazzucatoM @ValeriaLuiselli @MazzucatoM's one is great book! Super insightful. I'll add @ValeriaLuiselli to my list! Thank you (Source)

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A deluxe hardcover edition of the pioneering cyberpunk novel that predicted our obsession with the Internet—part of Penguin Galaxy, a collectible series of six sci-fi/fantasy classics, featuring a series introduction by Neil Gaiman.

Before the Internet was commonplace, William Gibson showed us the Matrix—a world within the world, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace. Henry Dorsett Case was the sharpest data-thief in the Matrix, until an ex-employer crippled his nervous system. Now a new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run against an unthinkably...

Adam Savage[This series] changed my life. (Source)

Mark Pitcavage@jamesjhare Neuromancer is a fascinating book--but it was especially fascinating when it was first published; it was mind-blowing. (Source)

Pia Mancini@Fede_Bada amazing book (Source)

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If you cut off a spider’s leg, it’s crippled; if you cut off its head, it dies. But if you cut off a starfish’s leg it grows a new one, and the old leg can grow into an entirely new starfish.
What’s the hidden power behind the success of Wikipedia, Craigslist, and Skype? What do eBay and General Electric have in common with the abolitionist and women’s rights movements? What fundamental choice put General Motors and Toyota on vastly different paths? How could winning a Supreme Court case be the biggest mistake MGM could have made?

After five years of ground-breaking research,...

Cz Binance@JeromeT71789621 @CryptoGodfatha Yup, that's a book every regulator must read. (Source)

Pia Mancini@harper @danxoneil there's a book, the starfish and the spider. talks about AA (and the Apaches) as the ultimate decentralized network communities. A couple of interesting examples there. (Source)

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