I am proud to present you my new book, published in five languages, starting 
with English (Valiz) and Spanish (Holobionte Ediciones), followed by German 
(Transcript Verlag), Italian (Nero) and Turkish (İletişim). The original 
English edition, published by Valiz (Amsterdam) can be ordered now and found in 
bookstores. More info here: 
https://valiz.nl/en/publications/stuck-on-the-platform The global book launch 
is in Bologna on May 6, 2022, 6pm, via Pietralata 58.

The blurb:

We’re all trapped. No matter how hard you try to delete apps from your phone, 
the power of seduction draws you back. Doom scrolling is the new normal of a 
24/7 online life. What happens when your home office starts to feel like a call 
center and you’re too fried to log out of Facebook? We’re addicted to 
large-scale platforms, unable to return to the frivolous age of decentralized 
networks. How do we make sense of the rising disaffection with the platform 
condition? Zoom fatigue, cancel culture, crypto art, NFTs and psychic 
regression comprise core elements of a general theory of platform culture. 
Geert Lovink argues that we reclaim the internet on our own terms. Stuck on the 
Platform is a relapse-resistant story about the Brexit-Trump-Covid period 
(2019-2021), written for doom scrollers with a passion for platform 
alternatives, built on a deep understanding of the digital slump.

Table of Content:

Introduction: Phantoms of the Platform, or the Internet’s Muddy Enlightenment

1.     The Anatomy of Zoom Fatigue
2.     Requiem for the Network

3.     Exhaustion of the Networked Psyche: Exploring Online Hyper-Sensibilities

4.     Stuck on the Platform: Notes on Online Regression

5.     Minima Digitalia

6.     Delete Your Profile, Not People: Comments on Cancel Culture

7.     Crypto-Art Annotations and other MoneyLab Findings

 8.     Principles of Stacktivism

Conclusion: Reconfiguring the Techno-Social

From the introduction:

During the lockdown misère we’ve literally been stuck on the platform. What 
happens when your home office starts to feel like a call center and you’re too 
tired to close down Facebook? “How to get rid of your phone? Wrong answers 
only.” We wanted to use the pandemic to reset and move on. We failed. The 
comfort of the same old proved too strong. Instead of a radical 
techno-imagination focused on rolling out alternatives, we got distracted by 
fake news, cancel culture, and cyber warfare. Condemned to doom scrolling, we 
suffered through a never-ending barrage of cringy memes, bizarre conspiracy 
theories, and pandemic stats, including the inevitable flame wars surrounding 
them. Random is fun.

“We admitted we were powerless—that our lives had become unmanageable.” This 
confession is Step 1 in AA’s 12 steps, and it is here that Stuck on the 
Platform also begins. As you and I are not able to resolve platform dependency, 
we remain glued to the same old channels, furious at others about our own 
inability to change. In this seventh volume of my chronicles, we’re staying 
with the trouble called the internet, diagnosing our current phase of 
stagnation while also asking how to get “unstuck” and deplatform the platforms.

What happens to the psycho-cultural condition when there’s nowhere to go and 
users are trapped in too-big-to-fail IT firms? It’s not pretty. While some 
believe that our persistent resentment, complaints, and anger are merely part 
of the human condition, totally unrelated to the shape and size of the 
information ecology, others (like me) are convinced that we have to take the 
mental poverty of the online billions seriously. We can no longer ignore the 
depression, anger, and despair, pretending they will be gone overnight after 
installing another app. Addiction is real, buried deep inside the body. Habits 
need to be unlearned, awareness needs to spread. All the while Godot just sits 
there, staring at the screen, waiting in the lobby for some policy change to be 
announced. Yet nothing ever happens. The resulting fallback and fatalism comes 
as no surprise. “What do you do when your world starts to fall apart?” Anna 
Tsing asks at the very beginning of The Mushroom at the End of the World. It 
seems we have our answer: we stick to the platform.

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