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Title In defence of serendipity : for a radical politics of innovation / Sebastian Olma.
Author Olma, Sebastian.
Publication London : Repeater, an imprint of Watkins Media Ltd, [2016]
Description 237 pages ; 20 cm
Call # 601 O
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-237).
Summary "In Defence of Serendipity is a lively and buccaneering work of investigative philosophy, treating the origins of serendipity, accident and sagacity, both as riddles and philosophical concepts that can be put to a future political use. Taking in Aristotle, LSD, Tony Blair and techno-mysticism, Olma challenges the prevailing faith in the benevolence of digital technology and the illegitimate equation of innovation and entrepreneurship, arguing instead that we must take responsibility for the care of society's digital infrastructure, and prevent its degeneration into an apparatus of marketing and finance. For although there is nothing wrong with marketing and finance per se, if they alone lead technological development, free of any discretionary political interference, the freedom to be exploited will be as much a part of the future as our ability to intervene freely in our lives"--Back cover.
Contents Preface: the great digital swindle / by Mark Fisher -- Prologue: serendipity, innovation and the question of the future -- Introduction: structuring the defence -- Creative industries: eidos between functionalism & dysfunction -- Social innovation: the logic of changeless change -- Digital Taylorism: labour between passion & serendipity -- Techgnosis: redemption Ex machina -- Make love & war: Silicon Valley's original sin -- Never mind the sharing economy: here's platform capitalism -- University as √úbungsraum: HE's creative transformation -- Conclusion.
Subject Serendipity.
Technology.
Inventions.
Business.
ISBN 1910924342 (paperback) :
9781910924341 (paperback) :

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