Jasper Bernes is the author of Starsdown (in girum imus, 2007). He is a graduate student in English at UC Berkeley.
Jasper Bernes's essay "On the Poverty of Internet Life: A Call for Poets" (Action, Yes) argues for an understanding of internet culture in terms of the logic of capitalist accumulation and the ideological imperatives of the U.S. ruling class after 9/11. It closes with a call for poets to realize the emancipatory promise of the internet in a space and manner less susceptible to regulation and subsumption. His talk will focus on his plans for such a project, responses to the essay and the subsequent development of his thinking. Advance / related reading: from Jodi Dean, Publicity's Secret: How Technoculture Capitalizes on Democracy (rotate clockwise in Adobe reader to view), Cornell University Press, 2002 (link to come), Immaterial Labor and its Machinization, by Leopoldina Fortunati and "Apple - 1984" (dir. Ridley Scott).