the form of an analysis of transformations in contemporary arrangements of technology, work, and culture based upon a chosen text
select and read completely ONE of the following books:
? Berardi, F. ?Bifo? (2009) Precarious Rhapsody: Semiocapitalism and the Pathologies of the Post-Alpha Generation. London: Minor Compositions.
? Carson, K. (2010) The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low?Overhead Manifesto. New York: Booksurge.
? Dean, Jodi (2009) Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies: Communicative Capitalism & Left Politics. Durham: Duke University Press.
? Fleming, Peter and Carl Cederstrom (2012) Dead Man Working. Winchester: Zero Books.
? Fleming, Peter (2009) Authenticity and the Cultural Politics of Work: New Forms of Informal Control. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
? Marazzi, C. (2008) Capital & Language: From New Economy to War Economy. New York: Semiotexte.
? Shirky, Clay (2008) Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. London: Penguin Books.
After reading your chosen book you are to write a critical-reflective essay that considers what this book contributes to our understanding of current developments in management, society, and new forms of work. This means you are not simply to summarize the text, but also to apply them to relevant topics from the module, and consider possible limitations to the author?s arguments. You are to do this by analyzing how the chosen text relates to topics and themes considered in the lectures and discussions.
Possible themes for consideration could include, but are not limited to: changes in working practices and patterns, the changed nature of value production in capitalism, immaterial and affective labour, the role of knowledge and communication in the contemporary workplace, the influence of work areas outside of the workplace, free labour and network cultures, open source/ process production, and the transformation of organizations by networked communication.
Your essay needs to display two essential features: an understanding of the key arguments made in your chosen text and an analysis of what these arguments show us about themes discussed in this module. In a short essay you will not be able to summarize the arguments of the entire book ? thus it is important that you identify the most relevant arguments, and use them to engage with module themes.