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John Michael Roberts

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308225

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308225.001.0001

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Creative digital capitalism? Exploitation, information and finance

Creative digital capitalism? Exploitation, information and finance

(p.25) Two Creative digital capitalism? Exploitation, information and finance
New media and public activism

John Michael Roberts

Policy Press

This chapter critically explores a common perspective that insists we have moved towards a qualitatively distinctive form of global capitalism based in new media and financial networks. While containing many positive insights, this perspective nevertheless constructs an untenable division between what is seen to be older ‘industrial’ forms of capital and contemporary digital and financial forms of capital. By drawing on Marxism, the chapter outlines problems on this perspective and shows that in reality capitalism is still driven by the need to exploit labour through a financial and neoliberal agenda.

Keywords:   digital capitalism, exploitation, finance, industrial capitalism, knowledge, networks

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