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ENGL444 BOOK CRITIQUE - Mark Posters The Mode of InformationMark Posters The Mode of Information can be seen as something of an attempt to establish a new discourse in socio-political theory He does this mainly through the concerted criticism of several prominent philosophers including Marx Foucault Derrida and Baudrillard Typically his prime concern with the bulk of most of these philosophers works is their tendency towards totalization or their failure to adequately incorporate an understanding of what Poster sees as the mode of information into their theorizing From what remains of his counterparts theories Poster attempts to assemble his new discourse incorporating into the equation theories of globalization and information My concern in this critique will largely be to highlight some of Posters own theoretical inadequacies and perhaps provide a very brief overview of the core elements of his theory of information along the way Of key interest will be his belief that the current global era of late Capitalism can be defined by the shift from the Marxist mode of production towards a mode of information as well as his discussions around the concept of digitization Other points of interest beyond these but nonetheless related to them will focus upon Posters belief in the decentering of the subject through the forces of new media as well as his belief in the death of the Marxist Proletariat as a definitive social force within modern Capitalism Absolutely vital to the body of Posters book The Mode of Information is the assumption that the human race has moved into a new social era defined by the cultural logic of Late Capitalism Poster sees this era as being characterized by the globalized spread of information typically in the form of new Media via a complex and technologically advanced web of communications networks Poster also sees as central to Late Capitalism a shift in primacy away from the mode of production towards the mode of consumption and ultimately
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