Welcome to Bookmarker!

This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading. Currently can only be used by a single user (myself), but I plan to extend it to support multiple users eventually.

Source code on GitHub (MIT license).

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umbrage

it was precisely the emptiness of the term “creative” that drew the umbrage of several critics

—p.135 Creativity: Parables of the Financialized Imagination (130) by Max Haiven
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a staggering reactor of human creativity

On the one hand, the financial sector is incredibly creative. Some of the finest and most refined minds of each successive generation are cherry-picked from elite universities hedge-funds, investment banks and their institutional periphery to dream up ever more rapid, cunning and diabolical ways ...

—p.130 Creativity: Parables of the Financialized Imagination (130) by Max Haiven
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a staggering reactor of human creativity

On the one hand, the financial sector is incredibly creative. Some of the finest and most refined minds of each successive generation are cherry-picked from elite universities hedge-funds, investment banks and their institutional periphery to dream up ever more rapid, cunning and diabolical ways ...

—p.130 Creativity: Parables of the Financialized Imagination (130) by Max Haiven
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palimpsest

the palimpsest of cultural meanings that preoccupy the way we imagine housing and security.

—p.128 Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy (102) by Max Haiven
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aegis

all of this commodification and agency occurs under the aegis of a system dominated by financial flows and speculations

—p.128 Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy (102) by Max Haiven
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Pokémon affirms a world we see all around us

[...] Pokémon is a site where children “learn to learn” (Buckingham and Sefton-Green 2004, 30) to develop financialized subjecthood and a sense of agency germane to a world without guarantees where social values are bartered, where the individual is an isolated economic agent and where society is...

—p.127 Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy (102) by Max Haiven
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financialization encloses virtuosity

[...] virtuosity, for Virno, is our capacity to create value, and, in an age of cognitive capitalism, it is that capacity that is ever more at stake. Financialization, I suggest, is a key means of capturing, shaping and enclosing virtuosity. What is Wall Street except a massive “machine” (in the ...

—p.125 Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy (102) by Max Haiven
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financialization encloses virtuosity

[...] virtuosity, for Virno, is our capacity to create value, and, in an age of cognitive capitalism, it is that capacity that is ever more at stake. Financialization, I suggest, is a key means of capturing, shaping and enclosing virtuosity. What is Wall Street except a massive “machine” (in the ...

—p.125 Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy (102) by Max Haiven
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Pokémon cards as a financialized practice

So understanding Pokémon cards as a financialized practice, one in which children internalize, play with and rearticulate the ambient codes and cultural thematics of the financialized societies in which they live, should not lead us to the conclusion that they are purely hegemonic in a reductioni...

—p.125 Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy (102) by Max Haiven
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the value of Pokémon cards

The value of Pokémon cards is clearly imaginary. Even in their initial, commodified form, a slip of mass-produced, coloured cardboard is by no stretch of the imagination “worth” the money children wish to pay for them. Within most economistic analyzes, and many Marxist ones, it would simply be as...

—p.122 Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy (102) by Max Haiven
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variegated

Today, capitalism as a cultural force is far more versatile, variegated and pluralistic

—p.116 Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy (102) by Max Haiven
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capitalism reshapes the way values are imagined

So, increasingly, under financialized capitalism, which has seen the bleed of financial logics into the fabric of daily life, we are guided to act in the world on the basis of economic imperatives. Our social cooperation with other people is based increasingly on the mediation of money, in the se...

—p.111 Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy (102) by Max Haiven
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cultural studies and capitalism

Such an examination draws us into some of the central debates and tensions within the field of cultural studies, a field that has always wagered its explanatory power and political promise on the interpretation of the tensions between structure and agency and, in particular, the dynamic relations...

—p.108 Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy (102) by Max Haiven
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Walmart is symptomatic of deeper problems

[...] While Walmart offers itself (to employees, to consumers, to investors) as a shining example of security, it is, ironically, both benefiting from and driving a global paradigm whose ultimate effects are increased insecurity and precariousness. And it is here that we might look to the overar...

—p.98 Securitization: Walmart’s Financialized Empire (74) by Max Haiven
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Walmart is symptomatic of deeper problems

[...] While Walmart offers itself (to employees, to consumers, to investors) as a shining example of security, it is, ironically, both benefiting from and driving a global paradigm whose ultimate effects are increased insecurity and precariousness. And it is here that we might look to the overar...

—p.98 Securitization: Walmart’s Financialized Empire (74) by Max Haiven
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Walmart helps produce the subjects germane to its rule

Were Walmart a state-run monopoly, rather than a staggeringly successful capitalist enterprise, its actions would likely be seen, in sum, as totalitarian. It blends crass populism with incredible material power, a culture of highly torqued securitization with a quasi-theocratic ethos. The fact th...

—p.97 Securitization: Walmart’s Financialized Empire (74) by Max Haiven
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Walmart's employee investment fund

Walmart’s integration into the world of finance is deeper than share prices; it represents a ubiquitous vector by which financialization, securitization and risk management are introduced and stitched into everyday life. For instance, the firm operates one of the world’s most populous investment ...

—p.84 Securitization: Walmart’s Financialized Empire (74) by Max Haiven
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Adorno & Horkheimer and the rationality of finance

In many ways, this paradigm both reflects and goes well beyond the prognosis of Frankfurt Institute theorists like Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer (1997). Writing in the lead-up to and the wake of the Second World War, these authors noted the way rationality, calculation, science and reason had...

—p.82 Securitization: Walmart’s Financialized Empire (74) by Max Haiven
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embrace your inner financier

Drawing on Foucault’s notion of the biopolitics of neoliberalism, Maurizzio Lazzarato (2012, 89–114) has sought to define finance less as a breed of economic action and more as a weapon of power which, through the production of debt, exhorts economic actors (both individuals and whole nation-stat...

—p.80 Securitization: Walmart’s Financialized Empire (74) by Max Haiven
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apogee

biopolitics, which he saw as reaching a new apogee in the emergence of a neoliberalism that increasingly subordinated social institutions to market imperatives in the name of freedom, democracy and individual rights

—p.79 Securitization: Walmart’s Financialized Empire (74) by Max Haiven
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biopolitics

securitization is not merely the lingua franca of contemporary finance; it is also the biopolitical imperative of financialization.

—p.78 Securitization: Walmart’s Financialized Empire (74) by Max Haiven
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precariousness is the norm, not the exception

Aside from postmodern malaise, what might such an approach offer to our considerations of precariousness and financialization? Its most important lesson is that precariousness is the norm, not the exception. Our current precarious moment, one dominated by market and financial forces and manifesti...

—p.68 Precariousness: Two Spectres of the Financial Liquidation of Social Life (43) by Max Haiven
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Agamben's "bare life"

A similar argument is made by Giorgio Agamben (1998) in his consideration of what he calls “bare life.” For Agamben, modern political systems and imaginaries are underscored by the capacity to strip individuals and groups of all social belonging and value and reduce them to a purely biological ex...

—p.67 Precariousness: Two Spectres of the Financial Liquidation of Social Life (43) by Max Haiven