Locked-Down, Log-In and Slog-On: A Technocratic Dystopia?

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Ellis, D. 2021. Locked-Down, Log-In and Slog-On: A Technocratic Dystopia? in: Ellis, D. and Voela, A. (ed.) After Lockdown, Opening Up: Psychosocial Transformation in the Wake of COVID-19 Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 111-127
AuthorsEllis, D.
EditorsEllis, D. and Voela, A.
Abstract

This chapter discusses how some relationships with technology throughout the pandemic were radically enhanced because of social (physical) distancing. It has been said that several years of technological evolution were condensed into a few months. To think about some of the consequences of this for the psychosocial subject, Gilbert Simondon’s views of the relationships of humans and machines in the workplace are drawn upon. According to him these relationships either enhance processes related to alienation or individuation. Experiences of both technological enslavement and liberation are discussed in the light of a locked-down academic.

Book titleAfter Lockdown, Opening Up: Psychosocial Transformation in the Wake of COVID-19
Page range111-127
Year2021
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
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Deposited02 Mar 2022
SeriesStudies in the Psychosocial
ISBN9783030802783
9783030802776
ISSN2662-2637
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80278-3_6
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