Richard Seymour – The Twittering Machine


In artist Paul Klees The Twittering Machine, the bird-song of a machine acts as bait to lure humankind into a pit of damnation. Leading political writer Richard Seymour argues that this is a chilling metaphor for our relationship with social media. Former social media executives tell us that the system is an addiction machine. We are users, waiting for our next hit as we like, comment and share. We write to the machine as individuals, but it responds by aggregating our fantasies, desires and frailties into data, and returning them to us as a commodity experience.

Through journalism, psychoanalytic reflection and insights from users, developers, security experts and others, Seymour probes the human side of the machine, asking what were getting out of it, and what were getting into.

Author: Richard Seymour
Narrator: Adam Bromley
Duration: 8 hours 1 min
Released: 19 Jul 2011
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Language: English

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