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24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,103 ratings  ·  117 reviews
24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep  explores some of the ruinous consequences of the expanding non-stop processes of twenty-first-century capitalism. The marketplace now operates through every hour of the clock, pushing us into constant activity and eroding forms of community and political expression, damaging the fabric of everyday life.

Jonathan Crary examines ho
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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Verso (first published 2013)
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Anna
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After Trump won the US election on November 8th, I stopped reading non-fiction books as reality seemed so appalling that I sought escapism. While reintroducing myself to them with ‘24/7’, I realised this was a terrible mistake on my part. Avoiding non-fiction books obviously did not equate to avoiding reality, nor did it prevent my perpetually analysing the present state of disaster. I found myself dissecting allegedly dystopian novels (of which I seem to have read 10 in the last two months!) fo ...more
Jeremy
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is as sharp a work of critical theory as I've read in some time. Crary doesn't really have a thesis he wants to prove, just a central concept he orbits around; namely that capitalism is re-orienting and demolishing our most basic conception of biological time cycles and that that re-ordering is not merely incidental but gets to the heart of so much of our cultural and technological exhaustion.

For a work of theory this is highly accessible, and while he quotes the usual grab bag of philosoph
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Mehdi
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I first encountered Jonathan Crary in graduate school - his "Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century", an astonishingly read. The premise of 24/7 is compelling: sleep is the last barrier that capitalism faces in its quest to control all of human life. And today, sleep itself is in great danger. Crary, however, disappoints somewhat - the book lacks a clear structure, and the author seems to mistake interdisciplinarity for "let me quote every major French and ...more
Dr. Lloyd E. Campbell
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Simplistic application of a Marxist paradigm applied to a complex topic. No analysis of physiology or purposes of sleep. Asserts that capitalists want to end sleep because they can't sell it. He could have written this idea on the back of a postage stamp and saved himself some time, perhaps gotten some sleep.
Stewart Home
Sep 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
“The phenomenon of blogging is one example – of many – of the triumph of a one-way model of auto-chattering in which the possibility of ever having to wait and listen to someone else has been eliminated. Blogging no matter what its intentions, is thus one of the many announcements of the end of politics” 24/7� page 124.

This is so wrong it has to be right! Or rather it would have been wrong in 2007 but might be right in 2013 – now that spam comments have become such a problem that many bloggers t
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Inam
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book that made me critical of late capitalism and inspired me to learn more about anti-capitalism and socialism. Capitalism is a ravenous machine and as Immanuel Wallerstein posited, it is separate from previous forms of economics because it continues to accumulate wealth and seek greater and greater profits. There is no endgame in capitalism.

This book shows that that insatiable drive has inspired bizarre and dystopian advances, including methods by which to eliminate sleep or even commodif
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David
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A terrifying philosophical exploration of capitalist temporality in its late stages, in which the cyclical rhythms which characterize many of the relationships between human and extra-human natures, the differentiated tempos of contingency and history-making, and even the restorative and arguably creative temporalities of sleep and reverie are increasingly subordinated to the 24/7 time of capital accumulation. Crary's describes nothing less than the obliteration of daily life by the structural c ...more
Carlos
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
otro rant postmarxista contra la aceleración actual que acaba llorando porque su sueño de la casita originaria en el bosque ya no es posible
Miguel Duarte
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Antes da revolução industrial, o ser humano suspendia o seu trabalho ao cair da noite, a ausência de luz solar impedia o trabalho no campo, a principal fonte de subsistência da gigantesca maioria da população. No entanto, com a introdução da luz eléctrica (e da respectiva iluminação pública) e das linhas de produção em fábricas que se mantinham em funcionamento durante a noite, ocorreu “uma reconceptualização radical da relação entre trabalho e tempo: a id
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Oliver Bateman
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A fun-to-read mash-up of Deleuze, Debord, Sartre, Foucault, PK Dick, and all the other "so gr8 they're gr9" thinkers we all know and <3. Crary's long essay was well worth what I paid for it ($1 during an awesome Verso e-book sale), given that it was better than any magazine available at that price point, and he provides a fine framework for understanding how post-late capitalism (it's a thing!) has very nearly succeeded at fashioning the 24/7 world. The solution to this crisis? Sleep, perchan ...more
Gabriela Ventura
Capitalismo e os fins do sono apresenta o quadro geral do que já sentimos em muitas esferas da vida: como ainda não foi possível capitalizar o nosso sono, o sistema faz o possível para que ele seja reduzido. A meta final é aniquilar essa necessidade animal (e, sobretudo, não-consumista) - mais horas acordados é equivalente a mais horas trabalhando e comprando, e fazendo portanto as engrenagens girarem.

A partir da análise de dados históricos, econômicos e sociais - bem como a análise de diversas
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Paula Cruz
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mestrado
Esse livro é tão bom, mas tão bom que virei instantaneamente fã do Jonathan Crary. Ele escreve de um jeito super claro e fluido sobre assuntos densos e complicados. Isso sim que é inteligência, minha gente: explicar de forma simples temas conturbados e complexos. Usar o sono como bem imensurável e inesgotável para medir os efeitos do capitalismo na sociedade e no nosso cotidiano é um pulo do gato absurdo; ainda mais do jeito que é feito. Com certeza essa é uma leitura para se fazer duas, três, m ...more
J. Moufawad-Paul
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wish I'd read this a year ago since so much of it eclipsed with one section of my book Austerity Apparatus. I would have loved to reference it, since some of its insights of subject formation would have provided depth to my concept of the anxious subject.

In any case, highly recommended for people who think that current social media technologies are neutral or, even worse, essentially progressive. This book will challenge that thinking.
Zack
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
sleep, it's revolutionary
Bruno Lages
Valeu a pena por colocar em cena uma apropriação insólita do sono, do sonho, da noite, da escuridão, do silêncio, do vazio e do nada-fazer pela lógica do trabalho e do consumo incessantes. A luz, das telas, das lâmpadas e da atenção que nunca descansam, com nossos inúmeros avatares das redes sociais às quais pertencemos em eterna vigília, essa luz real e metafórica, é nosso novo carrasco.

Foi engraçado ler um dos mais incisivos ataques a Freud ser articulado num texto tão povoado de palavras e i
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Matthew Funke
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
god we're so fucked
Cintia Andrade
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Considerações sobre o capitalismo, a tecnologia e o futuro do sono. Muito bem escrito e interessante (foi um pouco difícil de acompanhar às vezes, mas eu prefiro isso ao tom "estou escrevendo para idiotas" de certa filosofia pop). Cheio de referências boas também.
Melody Newby
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved this book. The introduction really intrigued me. I got lost in the middle as the language is very academic so I found myself re-reading paragraphs every so often.

I think about sleep in a more political way now. It is the one activity that separates us from global capitalism...from a world where one can continuously produce, and consume at any given moment. We do not sleep...we rest in sleep-mode...ready to contribute to capitalism at any given moment.

I need sleep- the revolutionary kin
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Matthew Hinea
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this book has radically altered how i feel about technology's role in global capitalism. here are some sentences from the book which i highly recommend reading:

"Real-life activities that do not have an online correlate begin to atrophy, or cease to be relevant. There is an insurmountable asymmetry that degrades any local event or exchange. Because of the infinity of content accessible 24/7, there will always be something online more informative, funny, diverting, impressive than anything in one'
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Irene
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
The basic premise here is sound: that sleep, a bastion of natural human behavior, is being eroded by the "non-time" of capitalism along with the rest of social cohesiveness. It's well written and informative.

However, as with most Marxists (and I am certainly a Marxist), this book suffers from ahistoric romanticism of the past as some sort of agrarian utopia. Crary is also a bit too doom-and-gloomy for my taste, though he's not necessarily *wrong*. For example, he is very reductive of blogging an
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Ayanna Dozier
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
To me, the first three chapters read like an extended introduction. Crary's argument really picks up by the fourth, and last chapter. Because of the vagueness in the first three chapters, Crary's argument suffers because of the lack of depth. Tis' shame because the fourth chapter begins to really tackle issues surrounding capitalism and rest that are, in many ways, unprecedented due to new technology in the age of modernity.
Lee Bullitt
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Incredible.
Carlos Natálio
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-library
Um dos episódios com que Jonathan Crary abre o seu "24/7 Late Capitalism and the End of Sleep" é, se não me falha a memória, o projecto de usar satélites terrestres como sistemas de redireccionamento da luz solar. Essa é uma forma de terminar com o conceito de noite, além da fugacidade da luz eléctrica, e, consequentemente, trazer às regiões do planeta com escuridão de meses a "dignidade" luminosa que merecem. Isto além, claro, dessa notinha de rodapé de interesses que é o sistema comercial func ...more
Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You
brilliant and unnerving... a detailed treatise on the pervasive intrusion of market capitalism into our lives, and how sleep, the last frontier of non-commodofication, is being hipped away by technology and those in power... i loved this book... lots of smarty references to books, some i have read and some not (yet); plenty of name-dropping (Foucault!, Debord, Sartre, Jameson, etc.) but not in a "fuckoff, dumbass!" way... they aid and abet the theory he puts forth... scads of historical placemen ...more
Guythebored
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho sempre dormito tanto, mi è sempre piaciuto, non me ne sono mai vergognato e adesso scopro che anche una delle ultime forme di resistenza alla pervasività del capitalismo cosiddetto 24/7.
Il sonno - secondo quanto scrive Crary - è l'unico momento in cui non lavoriamo come schiavi del tecno-capitale, è un momento dove ci arrestiamo dal gestire, manipolare e informare con la nostra presenza le reti che ogni giorno ci tengono incollati a uno schermo, che ci rimbambiscono di micro-stimoli che ci re
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Thomaz Amancio
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um grande livro de teoria e crítica cultural é um pouco como uma obra-prima da literatura: capaz de dar respostas a todas as nossas perguntas, mesmo que elas só durem até a gente acabar de ler. No livro de Crary, encontramos um retrato do mundo contemporâneo abrangente em seu escopo e assustador em suas implicações, capaz de conjugar as mais diversas dimensões da vida humana em seu diagnóstico de um mundo que o capitalismo não quer deixar dormir.

O que prejudica um pouco o livro, porém, é a estr
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Rafael
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ironicamente o livro sobre sono me deu muito sono durante a leitura. Apresenta conceitos interessantes, mas tudo escrito de uma forma massante, tive que me esforçar um pouco para chegar até o fim.
Giovanni Gregory
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet kind of manifesto.
Bolivar Escobar
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
And I thought I was a pessimist
Simon Cox
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A very enlightening cultural history of how we came to be trapped in a 24/7 mindset by the tentacles of late capitalism. I don't agree with all of the propositions but it really made me think.
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Jonathan Crary is an art critic and essayist and is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory at Columbia University in New York. His first notable works were Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the 19th Century(1990), and Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle and Modern Culture (2000). He has published critical essays for over 30 Exhibition catalogues, mostly ...more
“Through the appropriation of public spaces and resources into the logic of the marketplace, individuals are dispossessed of many collective forms of mutual support or sharing. A simple and pervasive cooperative practice like hitchhiking had to be inverted into a risk-filled act with fearful, even lethal consequences. Now it has reached the point of laws being enacted in parts of the United States that criminalize giving food to the homeless or to undocumented immigrants.” 4 likes
“Sleep is an uncompromising interruption of the theft of time from us by capitalism.” 3 likes
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