“If you are getting your media for free, this usually means that you are the product. If the information is not being sold to you, then it is you who are being sold. This is something that those of us in media studies have been teaching our students and telling the public since the broadcast era. Back in the broadcast era, it was pretty simple. You listened to free radio or watched free television. In between the shows or the songs would be advertising. You were the product that was being sold, by the broadcaster, to advertisers. Or rather, what they sold was your attention. In a time in which the quantity of information was rising and its cost plummeting, what was still rare and valuable was (and is) your attention.”

“That people who use the Internet are tracked and monitored and turned into information is not even the half of it. If you think your social media is spying on you, just imagine what kind of information your bank has on you. There’s a whole political economy that runs on asymmetries of information as a form of control. It may even amount to a new kind of class relation. Sure, there is still a landlord class that owns the land under our feet and a capitalist class that owns the factories, but maybe now there’s another kind of ruling class as well—one that owns neither of those things but instead owns the vector along which information is gathered and used."

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“Out of all of this information about the habits and movements of people and things, you can generate predictions about future movements. Well, you can’t do that: while you produce this information, it all ends up privately owned by some information-centric company. You make the information, but like some kind of info-prole, you don’t own the information you produce or the means of realizing its value. You don’t get to benefit from its predictive power, although you will likely suffer the downside when those predictions prove spurious.”

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“My proposition in this book is that resolving this contradiction called into being a new mode of production. This is not capitalism anymore; it is something worse. The dominant ruling class of our time no longer maintains its rule through the ownership of the means of production as capitalists do. Nor through the ownership of land as landlords do. The dominant ruling class of our time owns and controls information.”

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“The production of counterhegemonic knowledge can really only be comradely and collaborative."

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“Ideology today is not the acceptance of a neoliberal structure of feeling or habits of thought and action. Ideology today is clinging to the belief that this is capitalism. To think that we live in an illusory world of capitalist realism still might concede too much reality to the belief in eternal Capital."

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