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 Forms of Life

Technological forms of life

Forms of Life

We think so naturally in terms of the notion of ‘forms of life’, that it is difficult to obtain any distance on the notion. Ludwig Wittgenstein made the concept of ‘forms of life’ rather common currency across a range of scholarly disciplines. Indeed, in academic talk and everyday talk we speak incessantly of life and forms of life. We speak of ‘life-sciences’, psychologists look at the ‘life-course’; we organize our identities in terms of ‘life-narratives’. We ‘lead’ our lives. Political philosophers speak of the ‘good life’; molecular biologists of ‘artificial life’. Conservatives in abortion debates, call themselves not pro-God or pro-Christ, but ‘pro-life’. We talk about life styles, and, rather differently, about the ‘meaning of life’. We ...

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