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The Twittering Machine : A conversation with Richard Seymour

Sunday, Nov 17 2019
18:00 - 19:00
Richard Seymour
location: Assembly Roxy

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The Radical Book Fair welcomes Richard Seymour to discuss his acclaimed critique of social media.

‘One of our most astute political analysts.’ – China Miéville, author of October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

In one of the final chapters, and real high notes of the Radical Book Fair we welcome socialist writer, broadcaster and critic Richard Seymour to discuss his latest polemic The Twittering Machine.

In surrealist artist Paul Klee’s The Twittering Machine, the bird-song of a diabolical machine acts as bait to lure humankind into a pit of damnation - Seymour argues that this is a chilling metaphor for our relationship with social media.

Former social media executives tell us that the system is an addiction-machine. We are users, waiting for our next hit as we like, comment and share. We write to the machine as individuals, but it responds by aggregating our fantasies, desires and frailties into data, and returning them to us as a commodity experience.

Through journalism, psychoanalytic reflection and insights from users, developers, security experts and others, Seymour probes the human side of the machine, asking what we’re getting out of it, and what we’re getting into.

‘Richard Seymour has a brilliant mind and a compelling style. Everything he writes is worth reading.’ – Gary Younge, Editor-at-Large, Guardian


Richard Seymour is the author of numerous books, published by Verso, Pluto and Indigo Press, and his writing has appeared in Jacobin, the Guardian, London Review of Books and New York Times to name a few. He’s on twitter as @leninology


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