Critique of Information

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SAGE, Jan 21, 2002 - Social Science - 256 pages
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This penetrating book raises questions about how power operates in contemporary society. It explains how the speed of information flows has eroded the separate space needed for critical reflection. It argues that there is no longer an 'outside' to the global flows of communication and that the critique of information must take place within the information itself.

The operative unit of the information society is the idea. With the demise of depth reflection, reflexivity through the idea now operates external to the subject in its circulation through networks of humans and intelligent machines. It is these ideas that make the critique of information possible. This book is a major testament to the prospects of culture, politics and theory in the global information society.

 

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Contents

Informationcritique
1
Technological Forms of Life
13
Live Zones Dead Zones Towards a Global Information Culture
26
Disorganizations
39
Unruly Objects The Consequences of Reflexivity
49
Media Theory
65
Critique and Sociality Revisiting the Theory of the Sign
79
Tradition and the Limits of Difference
93
Being After Time
129
The Disinformed Information Society
141
Technological Phenomenology
156
NonLinear Power McLuhan and Haraway
176
Conclusions Communication Code and The Crisis of Reproduction
203
Bibliography
222
Index
229
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Page 24 - In technological forms of life, not just resistance but also power is nonlinear. Power itself is no longer primarily pedagogical or narrative but instead, itself performative. 'Nation' now works less through 'narrative' or 'pedagogy' but through the performativity of information and communication. Power works less through the linearity and the reflective argument of discourse or ideology than through the immediacy of information, of communications. (Lash...

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Professor Scott Lash is the Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, as well as a a project leader in the Goldsmiths Media Research Programme. He is a leading name within sociology and cultural studies, has written numerous books and articles over the last twenty years, and is currently the managing editor for the journal Theory, Culture and Society.

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