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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.

Non-Linear Power: McLuhan and Haraway
Non-linear power: McLuhan and haraway

Once media become the ‘extensions of man’, as Marshall McLuhan intones, they no longer are primarily the representers of man. Media, as extensions, become technologies. Thus McLuhan is a theorist of the technological culture. McLuhan's ‘sociology of technology’ is of a special kind. It is different from Marx's. The technologies at stake are not the means of production, but the means of communication. McLuhan's technologies are always technologies of communication. This includes the movement of symbols along with people that we understand as transport. Thus transport and migration are also forms of communication. You need technologies of communication only when communication takes place at a distance. What McLuhan gives us is the elements for theory of ...

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