Re: [Foucault-L] Foucault v. Web 2.0

But something was going on, there was the Spectrum, the Commodore 64, the Sinclair QL and even the first Amiga and Atari computers and the Apple. People held high hopes for the future. The implications of communication networks were not yet discusses, but the automatisation and the processing of data by computers was already an item. Perhaps Foucault didn't foresee the far reaching consequences of the oncoming technology.


Op 27-05-10 23:37, David McInerney schreef:
Given when he died I imagine there wasn't much to say.

Back in 1984 people were still getting excited over the new AT MS-DOS
machines with two 5.25" floppy disks and even in 1987 I was informed
in hushed tones as a new employee about the amazing 20MB hard drive
that the big insurance company I worked for had installed and which
they were hoping to eventually scan and store all of the insurance
policies on! Even in 1994 the internet was a huge deal and only a
few people I knew had access to it, generally academics using
university infrastructure. I didn't know any undergrad students who
had used it.

Back in 1984 it was people posting modem addresses in magazines and
communicating one-to-one as far as I can remember.

So no I wouldn't expect anything in Foucault's work itself, but I'd
be interested to see what people have done with his work since to
discuss the matter


On 28/05/2010, at 6:53 AM, Thomas Lord wrote:

Did Foucault write anything about computing,
software, networking, and so forth? His mode
of analysis seems to have a lot of relevance
to today's Internet but I'm wondering what he
might have written directly about such technology.


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