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Critique of Information
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Critique of Information

  • Scott Lash - Goldsmiths, University of London, UK


January 2002 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

 
PART ONE: INFORMATION
 
Live Zones, Dead Zones
Towards a Global Information Culture  
 
Disorganizations
 
Unruly Objects
The Consequences of Reflexivity  
 
Media Theory
 
PART TWO: CRITIQUE
 
Critique and Sociality
Revisiting the Theory of the Sign  
 
Tradition and the Limits of Difference
 
Critique of Representation
Henri Lefebvre's Spatial Materialism  
 
PART THREE: CRITIQUE OF INFORMATION
 
Being after Time
 
The Disinformed Information Society
 
Technology and Phenomenology
 
Non-Linear Power
McLuhan and Haraway  
 
Technological Forms of Life

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