The Digital Condition Paperback – 15 Dec. 2017
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Matthew Fuller, Goldsmiths, University of London
"A fresh and intimate analysis that transcends labels and points to the tendency toward commons as proof for the existence of genuine, fundamental, and cutting–edge alternatives. Felix Stalder is whispering in the reader′s ear that, yes, despite everything, another world is possible. A must–read for anyone who cares about the future."
Trebor Scholz, The New School, New York
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Top international reviews
If you don’t agree with the author’s premise, than the book becomes meaningless twaddle.
True democracy is a rough kind of thing with ups and downs. Lincoln effectively suspended habeus corpus, a central pillar of our Constitutional Republic, but democratic elections and government continued and when the emergency – the rebellion – passed, so did Lincoln’s extreme measure. No less revolutionary was Franklin Roosevelt’s imposition of the administrative state, a development which is still playing out and the endgame unknown.
Stalder is actually building on the work of Howard Rheingold, who was among the very first to describe the impact of the networked world.
But Stalder’s approach may be interesting to some Europeans, but I think the American audience will ask where he is coming from.
Again, if you don’t agree with Stalder’s initial premise, which is thoroughly political, than this book will not reverberate with you.
It certainly did not with me.