NYC
2018
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
1.100
Timeslot: 
Session 2: Saturday, June 2nd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
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Description: 
To the extent that the left still has a future oriented utopian project it is an accelerationist project. This panel discussion will cross examine the accelerationist tendency and attempt to interpret the culture and subcultures that have risen up to meet our current level of technological development. Questions that will be covered will include: Can we imagine technological progress that isn't in the service of capital? Is Vaporwave a Capitalist Realist musical genre? Was the Pokemon Go fad prefigurative? Are video games inherently right-wing?

Participants

Douglas Lain is the publisher of Zero Books, a novelist, a podcaster, and most recently a youtuber.
Douglas Lain is the publisher of Zero Books, a novelist, a podcaster, and most recently a youtuber.
Douglas Lain is the publisher of Zero Books, a novelist, a podcaster, and most recently a youtuber.
Alfie Bown is an Assistant Professor of Literature in Hong Kong and the editor of The Hong Kong Review of Books. His first book was Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism from Zero Books. His latest book is The PlayStation Dreamworld, published by Polity in the ‘Theory Redux’ series.
Shaun Scott is a Seattle-based writer, historian, and filmmaker. His work has appeared in Jacobin Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and the film journal Senses of Cinema. He is the author of the 2015 e-book "Something Better: Millennials and Late Capitalism at the Movies." He's a writer... Read more
Comrade Communicator is a longtime member of the Intergalactic Workers' League - Posadist, and is a ranking member of the League's Central Committee. Comrade Communicator's portfolio encompasses terrestrial outreach and propaganda. He is the IWL-P's most prominent public speaker... Read more