African Renaissance and Discourse Ownership in the Information Age: The Internet as a Factor of Domination and Liberation
The information revolution is transforming the world, especially the industrialized world. But what are its implications for the implementation of an African renaissance? Based on a Foucaultian analytical framework this book argues that the Internet has become a major Western instrument of domination in Africa. By extending the reach of Western hegemonic discourses, the Internet adds another dimension to Western discursive power. However, by allowing for the active participation in the process of naming the world, the Internet also affords unprecedented means of transcending dependency.
Eric Van Grasdorff is a political scientist and is affiliated with the Free University Berlin (Germany).