Although born in Girona, he grew up in Gijon and lives in Madrid. He holds a Ph. He currently teaches sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid. He was a founding member of the cultural intervention group Ladinamo , which edited the magazine of the same name. He often writes on epistemology, political philosophy and cultural criticism in specialized journals.
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Foreword by Roberto Simanowski. Translated by Heather Cleary. Columbia University Press. Add to Cart. We would like to believe that the Internet has given us the tools to overcome modernity's practical dilemmas and bring us into closer relation, but recent events show how technology has in fact driven us farther apart. It begins by questioning the cyber-fetishist dogma that lulls us into thinking our passive relationship with technology plays a positive role in resolving longstanding differences.
Rendueles claims that the World Wide Web has produced a diminished rather than augmented social reality. In other words, it has lowered our expectations with respect to political interventions and personal relations.
In an effort to correct this trend, Rendueles embarks on an ambitious reassessment of our antagonistic political traditions to prove that post-capitalism is not only a feasible, intimate, and friendly system to strive for but also essential for moving past consumerism and political malaise.
The enthralling Sociophobia urges us to critically rethink certain fundamental terms of our times, such as cooperation, compromise, community, and participation, and it reminds us of the extent to which we are only partially rational beings—fragile, and wholly codependent. The refreshing aspect of Sociophobia is its sober approach to the role of new media in fomenting alternative political structures. With his contrarian perspective on the emancipatory capability of social networks, copyleft, and other forms of activism in the digital era, Rendueles will have a major impact on global debates about technology and postcapitalism.
Foreword: Culture Industry 2. Digital Utopia 2. After Capitalism Coda: Notes Index.