The Cinematic Mode of Production - Attention Economy and the Society of the Spectacle

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Synopsis: "Cinema brings the industrial revolution to the eye," writes Jonathan Beller, "and engages spectators in increasingly dematerialized processes of social production." In his groundbreaking critical study, cinema is the paradigmatic example of how the act of looking has been construed by capital as "productive labor." Through an examination of cinema over the course of the twentieth century, Beller establishes on both theoretical and historical grounds the process of the emergent capitalization of perception. This process, he says, underpins the current global economy.

By exploring a set of films made since the late 1920s, Beller argues that, through cinema, capital first posits and then presupposes looking as a value-productive activity. He argues that cinema, as the first crystallization of a new order of media, is itself an abstraction of assembly-line processes, and that the contemporary image is a politico-economic interface between the body and capitalized social machinery. Where factory workers first performed sequenced physical operations on moving objects in order to produce a commodity, in the cinema, spectators perform sequenced visual operations on moving montage fragments to produce an image.

Beller develops his argument by highlighting various innovations and film texts of the past century. These innovations include concepts and practices from the revolutionary Soviet cinema, behaviorism, Taylorism, psychoanalysis, and contemporary Hollywood film. He thus develops an analysis of what amounts to the global industrialization of perception that today informs not only the specific social functions of new media, but also sustains a violent and hierarchical global society.

About the Author: JONATHAN BELLER is Associate Professor of English and Humanities at the Pratt Institute.

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Book Description Dartmouth College Press / University Press of New England, Hanover, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. 352 pages. Hardcover, no dustjacket. New book. FILM. A revolutionary reconceptualization of capital and perception during the twentieth century. "Cinema brings the industrial revolution to the eye," writes Jonathan Beller, "and engages spectators in increasingly dematerialized processes of social production." In his groundbreaking critical study, cinema is the paradigmatic example of how the act of looking has been construed by capital as "productive labor." Through an examination of cinema over the course of the twentieth century, Beller establishes on both theoretical and historical grounds the process of the emergent capitalization of perception. This process, he says, underpins the current global economy. By exploring a set of films made since the late 1920s, Beller argues that, through cinema, capital first posits and then presupposes looking as a value-productive activity. He argues that cinema, as the first crystallization of a new order of media, is itself an abstraction of assembly-line processes, and that the contemporary image is a politico-economic interface between the body and capitalized social machinery. Where factory workers first performed sequenced physical operations on moving objects in order to produce a commodity, in the cinema, spectators perform sequenced visual operations on moving montage fragments to produce an image. Beller develops his argument by highlighting various innovations and film texts of the past century. These innovations include concepts and practices from the revolutionary Soviet cinema, behaviorism, Taylorism, psychoanalysis, and contemporary Hollywood film. He thus develops an analysis of what amounts to the global industrialization of perception that today informs not only the specific social functions of new media, but also sustains a violent and hierarchical global society. The contents of this book is as follows: Acknowledgments ¥ Abbreviations ¥ The Political Economy of the Postmodern ¥ Circulation: Dziga Vertov and the Film of Money ¥ Production: The Spectatorship of the Proletariat ¥ The Unconscious: The Unconscious of the Unconscious, or, the Work of Consciousness in the Age of Technological Imagination ¥ Inspiration of Objects, Expiration of Words: Cinema, Capital of the Twentieth Century ¥ The Pyrotechnics of Control: Numismatics of the Sensual, Calculus of the Image ¥ Proprioception: Killer-Eye, Killer World: The Media-Environment for Natural Born Killers ¥ Epilogue: Paying Attention ¥ Index. "By critically studying films made since the late 1920s, the author argues that, through cinema, perception and looking has been construed by capital as a value-productive activity." ÑColumbia College Today (Key Words: Jonathan Beller, Cinema, Industrial Revolution, Film, Capital, Television, Visual Culture). book. Seller Inventory # 46907X1

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