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.

Critique and Sociality: Revisiting the Theory of the Sign

Critique and Sociality: Revisiting the Theory of the Sign

Critique and sociality: Revisiting the theory of the sign

In Chapters 5 and 6 we focused on the nature of the information order. We looked at the emerging central and unpredictable place of the object and at the transformed position of the media and media theory in the information culture. We now change registers and begin to address the issue of critique. We do this in this chapter through considerations of the sign. Let us ask what sort of signifying practices can constitute critique. How do we signify differently now than we did in the past? How do forms and ways of signification change as we move from a national manufacturing society to a global informational culture? In ...

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