Critique Of Information

Lash, Scott
ISBN:
9780761952695

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. Editorial Reviews Booknews This book considers the possibility of a critical theory in our contemporary information society. It characterizes the global information system, presents the main questions of critical theory, and tries to bridge the gap between the two. Lash (Goldsmiths College, University of London) argues that there is no longer any transcendental space available for theory. The use of power to delineate, and exclude, is stressed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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