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-------- Oorspronkelijk bericht --------Van: Geert Lovink <ge...@xs4all.nl> 
Datum: 05-05-2022  12:17  (GMT+01:00) Aan: a moderated mailing list for net 
criticism <nettime-l@mail.kein.org> Onderwerp:  Just out: Stuck on the Platform 
by Geert Lovink 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 Enlightenment1.    
The Anatomy
of Zoom Fatigue2.    
Requiem for
the Network3.    
of the Networked Psyche: Exploring Online Hyper-Sensibilities4.    
Stuck on the
Platform: Notes on Online Regression5.    
Digitalia6.     Delete Your Profile, Not People:
Comments on Cancel Culture7.     Crypto-Art Annotations and other
MoneyLab Findings 8.     Principles of StacktivismConclusion: Reconfiguring
the Techno-SocialFrom 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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