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Occupy All the Dispositifs: Memes, Media Ecologies, and Emergent Bodies Politic

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Abstract:

This article assesses Occupy Wall Street as an amalgamation of mediated processes of subjectivation associated with marginal popular culture (memes, meme-platforms, Anonymous operations). This accumulation, I argue, is part of a broader convergence of agencements, of subjectifying processes that took place on and offline, in and out of concentrated occupied zones. OWS gives us one example in response to Toni Negri's call for a genealogy of dispositifs of subjectivation from the perspective of resistance. In addition to examining the accumulation of mediated subjective apparatuses, I propose we think of OWS as an ecology, one that engenders an antagonistic response by a militarized biopolitical state subject (itself an accumulation). I end with some preliminary thoughts on OWS' recomposition after the state's decompositional dispositifs.

Keywords: Occupy; autonomism; media activism; media ecology; memes; police; social movements; subjectivation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2013.827351

Publication date: 2014-01-02

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