ow is a research project focused on the transformation of the internet user in relation to labour. It draws from Benjamin Bratton's The Stack definition of user—anything able to interface with another user; whether human, animal, plant, mineral, machinic, algorithmic, etc.—to understand the idea of work in a different way.
To do so, the project sets a scenario where a Universal Basic Income is a prerequisite for a post-work society, undermining the classic idea of work and worker—a process began in the 70s with the rising of the post-fordist figure.
The internet user is, indeed, the latest iteration of a process of full identification between the post-fordist worker and his her job, where intellectual and affective labour are the main means of production and of subject-formation.
Alexander Galloway: 10 Theses On The DigitalAn ontology of the digital. Digital: broken discrete points ⤷ How did they become discrete in the first place? Analog: smooth continous curves Digital is the basic distinction that allows us to make any distinction at all. It is the capacity to divide things and make distinctions between them. No 0, 1 but 1,2. Thesis 1. The digital means the one dividing in tow. Any process that produces or maintain differences between two or more elements can be labelled digital. → differential being (affirmative) → dialectical being (negative) Thesis 2. The analogue means the two coming together as one Two poles of immanence. → continuous being → generic being Thesis 3. An analogy... → more