October First Thursday with Michael Rectenwald!
October 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us on Thursday October 3, 2019 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm for the Met Club’s Monthly Social featuring Michael Rectenwald – The notorious @antipcnyuprof who will join us to launch his new book Google Archipelago. The former NYU Professor (from 2008 to 2019) pundit and champion of free speech will discuss his latest book
Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom which begins with familiar cultural politics as points of entry to the book’s theme regarding the reach, penetration, and soon the ubiquity of the digital world.
In a book about enormous sea changes brought about by digital technology, Google Archipelago begins and ends with the political, in particular with the objectives of the Big Digital conglomerates as global corporate monopoly capitalists or would-be monopolies.
Join us for this timely and fascinating event!
Light Buffet, Soft Drinks, Beer and Wine!
Copies of the ‘Google Archipelago’ will be available for purchase
More about the Google Archipelago. The Google Archipelago argues that Big Digital technologies and their principals represent not only economic powerhouses but also new forms of governmental power. The technologies of Big Digital not only amplify, extend, and lend precision to the powers of the state, they may represent elements of a new corporate state power.
In contrast to academics who study digital media and bemoan such supposed horrors as “digital exploitation,” in Google Archipelago, Michael Rectenwald argues that the real danger posed by Big Digital is not “digital capitalism” as such, but leftist authoritarianism, a political outlook shared by academic leftists, who thus cannot recognize it in their object of study. Thus, while imagining that they are radical critics of Big Digital, academic digital media scholars (whom Rectenwald terms “the digitalistas”) actually serve as ideological smokescreens that obscure its real character.
Professor Rectenwald has appeared on numerous major network political and other talk shows (Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox & Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, Varney & Company, The Glenn Beck Show), on syndicated radio shows (Glenn Beck and many others), and YouTube shows and podcasts (see Media).
His academic essays have appeared in the British Journal for the History of Science, Endeavour, and the Cambridge University Press anthology George Eliot In Context, among others. He holds a Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master’s in English Literature from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh.