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

I guess that was what he meant by being a non-universal intellectual. Could not be expected to comment on everything.
But then again, given the impact the television had on the marketing of philosophy to the French public during the 60's and 70's, I would think he would eventually have something to say. Odd.
But yes, we can go on without him on talking about this.

On May 28, 2010, at 3:42 AM, peter chamberlain wrote:

Mark Poster has a piece on itunesu, foucault deleuze and the new media. he
believes foucault never referred to computers, or perhaps only once, and
that in general foucault was silent with regards to the media. but he also
seems to believe this silence can be filled in. to be honest i'm not sure
why foucault would have been expect to foresee the impact of the new tech -
he was also relatively silent on feminism and post colonialism, but one
could assume the nature of a tool box is that it has multiple functions.

On Fri, May 28, 2010 at 5:47 PM, Erik Hoogcarspel <jehms@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

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


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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