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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.

Technological Phenomenology
Technological phenomenology

What kind of culture is the information culture? More specifically, in what sense is the information order a technological culture? This chapter will address this problem through an attempt to outline what amounts to a shift from a culture of representation or a representational culture to a technological culture. Chapter 1 introduced the idea of informationcritique, and suggested that the representational culture presumes an effective dualism, a distance between subject and object. In the representational culture the subject is in a different world than things. In the technological culture the subject is in the world with things. Previously existing transcendence and dualism is displaced by the immanence, monism. There are two dualisms at stake here. One between the subject, whether reader, audience ...

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