Antiviral: capitalism of the fourth kind

Sean Patrick McQueen

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Brandon Cronenberg s Antiviral is a symptom of an unfolding, fourth order of capitalism, beyond Gilles Deleuze s societies of control and Jean Baudrillard s third-order simulacrum:viral capitalism. As biocapitalism s modes of production, consumption and abstraction become increasingly contagious, biological and technological viruses conjugate. This essay draws on Thierry Bardini s analysis of biotechnology and biopolitics, and Deleuze and Baudrillard s schizophrenic analyses of psychoanalysis and capitalism. After examining the rationale of this fourth order, it analyses Antiviral s contagious machines, bodies, politics, aesthetics and economics, all of which are vectors for viral transmission.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29 - 51
Number of pages23
JournalScience Fiction Film and Television
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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