New texts by Geert Lovink (incl. interviews), English/Dutch

Dreamful Computing by Ned Rossiter and Geert Lovink, instigated by Shintaro Miyazaki for

The first paragraph:

We start with the end, the final words Bernard Stiegler wrote in the last English translation before he died, The Age of Disruption (2019): “In order to do politics today, we must dream.”1 We cast techniques of dreaming in relation to the media question that underscores cultures of computational capitalism. Social media users, particularly the younger ones, increasingly struggle to dream. They actually do not dream or simply cannot remember. It is not relevant here whether brain scans scientifically prove that they actually do dream. The resting brain can no longer make sense of the overload of images, likes, and updates, numbing the early 20th-century realm of repressed desires. If the dream was once characterized as a “rhapsody of life,” today’s ecstatic feelings are overruled and distracted by constant scrolling and swiping. The future of the next generations is shredded in a context of climate catastrophe, chronic social stagnation and precarious working conditions, viral contagion, mental crises, war, and stultifying extractivist platform conditions, literally suffered by billions This is causing a “strike” in both individual and collective imagination.

A shorter, edited version of my inaugural lecture Extinction Internet was published by Eurozine here .

Interview in the Italian daily Domani by Francesca de Benedetti, “Questi social, Zoom e il Metaverso sono un disastro. Serve un’alternativa radicale”,

“The internet is headed for a point of no return.” Interview by Lisette Wagener (HvA)

Geert Lovink speaks to Pierre d’Alancaisez about his 2019 book Sad by Design, recorded in Amsterdam in November 2022.

Interviews met Geert Lovink in het Nederlands:

“Internet stevent af op point of no return.” Interview door Lisette Wegener

“Point of no return dreigt waarin internet meer kwaad dan goed doet.” Interview door Jeroen Junte

“Het is aan onszelf om een eerlijker internet te bouwen.” Interview door Alejandro Tauber

“In de houdgreep van ons comfortabele internet.” Geert Lovink te gast bij de BNR podcast De Technoloog van Herbert Blankesteijn en Ben van der Burg

Stilkker en Lovink: Het internet heeft ons in de houdgreep