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After critique' identifies an ontological flip in modern U.S. fiction that distinguishes our present literary second from either postmodernism and so-called post-postmodernism. This flip to ontology takes many kinds, yet regularly After Critique highlights a physique of literature-work from Colson Whitehead, Uzodinma Iweala, Karen Yamasthia, Helena Viramontes, Percival Everett, Mat Johnson, Kim Stanley Robinson, Read more...


taking on 4 various political themes-human rights, the relation among private and non-private house, racial justice, and environmentalism-After Critique means that the ontological varieties emerging Read more...

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Not my demographic. Not my type, my segment, or my profile. Me. Because the better you know me, the more ways you’ll find to make me happy. And I’m so much more than data. When I’m in your store, do I feel at home? 8 Even as both advertisements suggest that we are not the sum total of our data, that we are uniquely individuated subjects irreducible to demographics, they also signal to IBM’s potential customers in the corporate sector that IBM’s best algorithms and computer technologies can deliver ideal neoliberal consumers, measurable and quantifiable cogs in the market machinery.

This is not an ongoing process of becoming but a shifting network of interconnected beings. After Critique is similarly committed to a non-vitalist mode of ontological value production that maintains just such meaningful difference in immanence. In this way, After Critique distinguishes itself from theorists of virtuality and becoming, and also from theories of affect which tend to have rather fuzzy accounts of value production because of their focus on the immanence of precognition. 17 Additionally, the differential spaces between discrete ontologies in the Latourian network are not potential sites for immanent critique to animate a process of dialectical change.

They never overlap; they are purified of each other. The free neoliberal subject’s value derives from its opposition to any potential objectivity (“I’m so much more than data”); and the neoliberal object’s value derives from its opposition to any potential subjectivity (the analytical “insight” derived from the mushiness of “social chatter, reviews, and sales transactions”). While we experience these subjective and objective representations of the human as mutually exclusive, however, the advertisements reveal that neoliberalism’s potency stems from its simultaneous claim on both, from what I described before as neoliberalism’s granular intrusion into all domains of human experience.

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