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

I did never found any trace of interest in computing, calculating or information technology in Foucault.
Ask Daniel Defert, if he ever had a (proto) computer or text-machine? As far as I know - or rather guess - he did write by hand and did not even use a typewriter.

Of course he could be seen as a forerunner of the internet and ICT society; see his open-end network-like approach (discurive formations and mechanism or technology of power) of technology, knowledge and power control,
and especially his ideas of the permanent examination and data control in criminology and human sciences in general - including medicine .
But it is up to us, and therefore our interpretation, to apply these hints to our ICT-control- society

machiel karskens

At 09:47 28-5-2010, you 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
> D
> 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.
>> -t
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Prof. Machiel Karskens
social and political philosophy
Faculty of Philosophy
Radboud University Nijmegen - The Netherlands

[Foucault-L] Foucault v. Web 2.0, Thomas Lord
Re: [Foucault-L] Foucault v. Web 2.0, David McInerney
Re: [Foucault-L] Foucault v. Web 2.0, Erik Hoogcarspel
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