This chapter explores the overproduction of communication and information in communicative capitalism as well as the need to focus on the structural violence of the mental health crisis created by this system. It is argued that cognitive labour involves an excessive demand on workers’ attention, leading to attentive stress, whilst the 24/7 nature of the global economy leads to sleeplessness and compliance. The precariousness of this kind of work erodes self-esteem and provokes anxiety, whilst both governments and pharmaceutical companies are on hand to medicate a depressed workforce in order to maintain productivity despite the human costs.
KeywordsCommunicative Disease Mental Health Issue Structural Violence Mental Energy Mental Health Crisis
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