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.
Chapter 3: Live Zones, Dead Zones: Towards a Global Information Culture1
Live Zones, Dead Zones: Towards a Global Information Culture1
Towards a Global Information Culture
What are the new political stakes in today's transition from a national manufacturing society to a global, informational culture? What are the implications for politics in an era whose fundamental and axial principles are being replaced by three new governing logics? An era in which (1) the principle of the national is being displaced by that of the global; (2) the logic of manufacturing is displaced by the logic of information; and (3) the logic of the social is being displaced by that of the cultural. Let us consider these one by one.
- From the National to the Global National economic, political and cultural relations ...