Critique of Information (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society)

Critique of Information (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society)

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0761952691

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Critique of Information (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society)

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0761952691

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This penetrating book raises questions about how power and resistance operate in contemporary society. Scott Lash argues that critique must take place from within information flows, rather than from the safety of `academic detachment' and that information is power. The book identifies a central contradiction of the information society, that is, the more intelligent and rational that the information society becomes, the more irrational may be the consequences. Written by one of the most celebrated commentators on power and culture, the book is a major testament on the prospects of intellectual life in an age dominated by seemingly inexhaustible, global flows of information.

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attitude is one empirically occurring attitude. The scientific attitude as well is a mode of experience. It is one very particular and highly influential mode of experience. It is a mode of experience that gives itself off as not being a mode of experience. It is a mode of being-in-the-world that gives itself off as observing from another world. But indeed it is just one way of experiencing from the same world. Even nonattending to an object becomes one of many ways of attending to it. To

straight Roman road. The phonetic alphabet underpins the ‘lineality’ of syntax in Western languages, which McLuhan contrasts with the ‘hieroglyphic’ character of other languages. The abstraction of the alphabet yields the lineality of communication. The opposite of lineality is discontinuity for McLuhan but also ‘mosaic’. Languages can be primarily syntactical or mosaic. Straight Roman roads, like Renaissance perspective, are based on the privileging of the extension of vision. ‘Roads’ thus are

citizens. In the press the first items we turn to are what we know in order to ‘re-cognize’ our experience. Newspapers no longer represent human association: they become an ‘aspect of human association’. Newspapers are no longer pedagogical devices to produce citizens. They lead to participation in a sense much more cultural than political. As a citizen, one is a member of a superior instance, i.e. the state. To be a member of a culture, a form of life is a different matter. No longer at stake is

social and cultural theory would increasingly take on the form of media theory. If critique can be no longer transcendental, but must be immanent to the information order, the critique of information becomes, increasingly, media theory. What follows, in a context in which both critique and reflection are in perhaps terminal decline, are some critical reflections on what such a media theory might be. Media Society, Media Theory What this chapter intends to do is explore the idea of ‘media theory’.

Lury for introducing me to Caillois’s work. 5 See Clifford (1997). 6 Nietszche here quoted in The Production of Space (Lefebvre, 1991), pp. 138–9. 7 All subsequent citations are from the English version of The Production of Space (Lefebvre, 1991). 128 10 Being After Time Heidegger claims in Being and Time that time is the horizon upon which we are to come to encounter and understand the meaning of beings: the horizon on which beings have meaning for us. Time is the horizon on which that very

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