Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo

By Don DeLillo

Eric Packer is a twenty-eight-year-old multi-billionaire asset supervisor. We subscribe to him on what's going to turn into a very eventful April day in turn-of-the-twenty-first-century long island. He's on a private odyssey, to get a haircut. Sitting in his stretch limousine because it strikes throughout city, he unearths the town at a digital standstill as the President is traveling, a rapper's funeral is continuing, and a violent protest is being staged in instances sq. through anti-globalist teams. so much worryingly, Eric's bodyguards are involved that he could be a goal ...An electrifying learn in affectlessness, infused with deep cynicism and measured detachment; a harsh indictment of the life-denying trends of capitalism; as brutal a dissection of the yank dream as Wolfe's "Bonfire" or Ellis' "Psycho", "Cosmopolis" is a caustic prophecy all too quick realized.

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In other words, the future of capital seems to rest not so much on the innovation of products or manufacturing processes (a Fordist model) or in the colonization of new services or clients (the post-Fordist model), but in a futures market on capital itself, in a kind of gambling on the future worth of stocks and other speculation devices. As Fredric Jameson argues in “Culture and Finance Capital,” the future of capitalism “resides no longer in the factories and the spaces of extraction and production but on the floor of the stock market, jostling for more intense profitability.

As Foucault puts forth in his work on disciplinary regimes, ironfisted mechanisms of regulation are both expensive and inefficient—a lesson that international business learned long before the cold war nation-state did. Foucault argues that the disciplinary apparatus was born gradually alongside imperialist expansion in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, and reached its height in the twentieth.  to be ruled by criteria of capitalist production. A disciplinary society is thus a factory society” (243).

Post-Postmodernism  1984, Americans were just beginning to talk about AIDS; the first MAC computer—with 286 stunning k of RAM—debuted in North America in January 1984, introduced in a splashy, Orwellian Super Bowl commercial; the Internet—at least as we know it—was still the stuff of science fiction, as was the global ubiquity of cell phones and smartphones. Watching Michael Douglas talk on a billionaire’s prize—a portable satellite phone the size of a shoebox—in Wall Street, who could have imagined that only two decades later, most middle school students would possess communication technology ten times smaller and a hundred times more powerful?

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