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By Jonathan Crary

24/7: overdue Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep explores a few of the ruinous effects of the increasing continuous approaches of twenty-first-century capitalism. now operates via each hour of the clock, pushing us into consistent job and eroding types of group and political expression, destructive the material of daily life.

Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation among an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and rising ideas of keep an eye on and surveillance. He describes the continuing administration of person attentiveness and the impairment of belief in the obligatory exercises of latest technological tradition. whilst, he indicates that human sleep, as a restorative withdrawal that's intrinsically incompatible with 24/7 capitalism, issues to different extra bold and collective refusals of world-destroying styles of development and accumulation.

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And these are not the same machines of signs that are used to pay exchanges, to make money. In certain cases, we have machines of signs that function without producing the phenomenon known as signifi­ cation, for example, with money, with algebraic equations, with music. There may be significations, but only alongside. There's the semiotic text of Beethoven's music and there's also . . oh, this reminds me of the Pastoral Symphony, this makes me think of little birds. But when you think of little birds in the Pastoral Sym­ phony, this is not actually written in the text, this is not within the semiotic.

And I was wondering about whether they would call this dancing or not. When I actually creep or lie down within an environment, what do they call me? It takes a lot of time to pursue questions about how I might resolve all these pressures from my surroundings and then bring my body to the next action; lying down on the street has changed my sense of audition and the appearance of humans. I have been horizontal from the very beginning, and later de­ cided to creep on the ground; this was a very deliberate decision.

With plant and animal life, the form is transmitted by codes, by lines of codes that are distinct chemical chains. That is to say, we have the metabolism of RNA chains that creates complex molecules and systems of reproduction. Here we have the au­ tonomy of code. So you see that when we pass from structure to code, there is a separation, an autonomization in the mode of coding. When we adopt human behaviors, the use of tools, we have modes of transmission that do not depend upon the genetic code.

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