Digital Solidarity by Felix Stalder

Felix Stalder's extended essay, Digital Solidarity, responds to the wave of new forms of networked organisation emerging from and colliding with the global economic crisis of 2008. Across the globe, voluntary association, participatory decision-making and the sharing of resources, all widely adopted online, are being translated into new forms of social space.

This movement operates in the breach between accelerating technical innovation, on the one hand, and the crises of institutions which organise, or increasingly restrain society on the other. Through an inventory of social forms - commons, assemblies, swarms and weak networks - the essay outlines how far we have already left McLuhan's 'Gutenberg Galaxy' behind. In his cautiously optimistic account, Stalder reminds us that the struggles over where we will arrive are only just beginning.

"Today, we are entering into a new constellation, a new galaxy and the reformulation of solidarity in a myriad of ways [...] There are new institutional and cultural forms emerging to support such complex webs of interaction and production, often based on the notion of a shared resource, a commons, and focused on the particular requirements necessary to develop and protect that one resource. They offer a chance to remake society in a particular way, through reinventing social solidarity and democracy, be it in the digital networks of informational cooperation or in the common appropriation of physical spaces."
- Felix Stalder, Digital Solidarity

Series editors: Clemens Apprich, Josephine Berry Slater, Anthony Iles & Oliver Lerone Schultz
Published by Mute Books in association with Post-Media Lab Books
(Winter, 2013. ISBN 978-1-906496-92-0; eBook ISBN 978-1-906496-93-7)

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Other books by Felix Stalder

Vergessene Zukunft (Forgotten Future), Radikale Netzkulturen in Europa
By Clemens Apprich & Felix Stalder

"The refreshing perspective of this anthology reveals an alternative interpretation of Internet culture beyond the well-known, mythologising narrative of techno-libertarianism.."
- Martin Schmitt, sehepunkte, 13/5 (2013)

Cultures and Ethics of Sharing / Kulturen und Ethiken des Teilens
Edited by Wolfgang Sützl, Felix Stalder, Ronald Maier, Theo Hug

"This is a volume of essays about sharing. Few people could have predicted that practices of sharing would gain such prominence in contemporary society. It is, arguably, one of the most unexpected developments of the early 21st century. "
- From the Introduction

Manuel Castells: The Theory of the Network Society
By Felix Stalder

"This book is a very beautiful model of how one mind engages with another: Felix Stalder has seized the essence of Manuel Castells?s work and its immense relevance to our time. Daring to be positively critical, Stalder enlarges and also defines Castells?s arguments. Thus the book multiplies Castells by Stalder and the result is an instant expansion of the mind of the reader."
- Derrick DeKerckhove, University of Toronto

Language English

PML Books

The PML Book series is a collaboration between Mute magazine and Post-Media Lab. The Lab was set up in September 2011 and explores how post-broadcast media can be used to intensify 'collective assemblages of enunciation' - an idea originally formulated by Felix Guattari, and now unfolding in diverse ways across the ubiquity of media.

The first books in this short series are:

Claire Fontaine, Human Strike Has Already Begun & Other Writings, (ISBN 978-1-906496-88-3)
Clemens Apprich, Josephine Berry Slater, Anthony Iles and Oliver Lerone Schulz (eds.),

Provocative Alloys: A Post-Media Anthology, (ISBN 978-1-906496-94-4)

Felix Stalder, Digital Solidarity, (ISBN 978-1-906496-92-0)

The PML Book series is just one of several outlets for the Lab?s exploration of post-media strategies and conditions, which includes fellowships, a virtual lab structure, multiple collaborations, events, group readings and other documentation.

For more information see: