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Virtual control and discipline: electronic governmentality in the new wired world.

Darier, É. and Mehta, M. D. (1998) Virtual control and discipline: electronic governmentality in the new wired world. The Information Society, 14 (2). pp. 107-116. ISSN 0197-2243

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Abstract

Current interest in the electronic highway is the latest expression of a technotopia that is about to resolutely tilt Western contemporary society into postmodernity, or at least into virtual modernity. The enthusiasm for the electronic highway is already having numerous ''power effects'' (Burchell et al., 1991). One of these effects is to radically intensify modern forms of power in a new regime we call electronic governmentality. This article examines these effects by drawing on examples from the Internet, and demonstrates how this communication and information infrastructure challenges some of our most tightly held beliefs about progress, technology, and power.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Information Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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ID Code: 22083
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2009 16:47
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/22083

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