Mashup of horrors

Horror of AI

Horror of self-improvement

  • our intelligence is also task-based rather than general
  • how capitalism benefits from this idea of self as a project
  • how marketing is the devil’s work

Horror of designing for behaviour change

Horror of psychopolitics

  • In the age of neoliberalism, we are projects rather than subjects, which amounts to a form of compulsion and constraint (as described in the above Habit for example), which actually results in a more efficient kind of subjectivation as we are doing it to ourselves.
  • The neoliberal, entrepreneurial project is auto-exploiting themselves in their own enterprise transforming the class struggle into an inner struggle. We are both the master and the slave and thus cannot unite to revolt.
  • Instead of disciplining the docile body or surveilling it in a panopticon, the seductive power of neoliberalism is targeting the psyche (psychopolitics instead of biopolitics). Physical discipline gives way to mental optimisation and the power moves invisibly from passive surveillance to active steering by seizing on emotion in order to influence action on pre-reflexive level.
  • The imperative of self-optimisation serves only to promote perfect functioning within the system. Weaknesses are to be eliminated to enhance efficiency and performance, everything is made measurable and subjected to the logic of the market.
  • And one of my favourites: “Dataism is nihilism. It gives up on any and all meaning. Data and numbers are not narrative; they are additive. Meaning, on the other hand, is based on narration. Data simply fills up the senseless void.”
  • Han draws on Hegel to ground the above data = dada argument. For Hegel only the Concept of an object brings forth knowledge while data affords only correlation in which nothing is comprehended. Of course Hegel was a logician who believed in absolute knowledge, but that aside, he does still have a point: constant addition does not result in a conclusion, it needs the narration (which I have already blabbed about several times).
  • Following Foucault and Deleuze Han finishes with an escape from psychopolitics. We can either master the art of living, which refers to the art of killing psychology and creating unnamed individualities, relations etc. or by embracing the idiot (savant), the unallied and unnetworked modern day heretic, who preserves the magic of the outsider (from consensus) and practices the politics of silence.

Beauty of mystery




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