By Gerald Raunig
In this "concise philosophy of the machine," Gerald Raunig presents a historic and significant backdrop to an idea proposed 40 years in the past via the French philosophers Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze: the laptop, now not as a technical gadget and gear, yet as a social composition and concatenation. This perception of the desktop as an association of technical, physically, highbrow, and social elements subverts the competition among guy and desktop, organism and mechanism, person and neighborhood. Drawing from an strange diversity of movies, literature, and performance--from the position of bicycles in Flann O'Brien's fiction to Vittorio de Sica's Neorealist movie The Bicycle Thieves, and from Karl Marx's "Fragment on Machines" to the deus ex machina of Greek drama--Raunig arrives at an greater perception of the desktop as a social flow, discovering its so much apt and urban manifestation within the Euromayday flow, which for the reason that 2001 has develop into a transnational activist and discursive perform concentrated upon the precarious nature of work and lives.
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