Digital Positivism

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Digital Positivism and Civic Panopticon
Ravi Vatrapu
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Thursday, 10-Mar-2011
EB22: Online Marketing: Lecture 20
Auditorium 4, ITU, Copenhagen, Denmark
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TECHNOLOGIES OF PRACTICAL REASON
Foucault’s Technologies of Practical Reason
Foucault, M. (1988). Technologies of the Self. In L. H. Martin, P. H. Hutton & H. Gutman (Eds.), Technologies of the Self: A Seminar
with Michel Foucault (pp. 16-49): Univ of Massachusetts Press.
Rearticulates Max Weber’s yet satisfactorily unanswered question:
If one wants to behave rationally and regulate one’s action according to
true principles, what part of one’s self should one renounce? (Foucault:1998, p17)
Four Matrices of Practical Reason
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Technologies of Production
Technologies of Sign Systems
Technologies of Power
Technologies of the Self
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DIGITAL POSITIVISM
 Epistemic relationship with external reality
mediated by existence, persistence, and
exchange of digital records and arifacts
"If a tree falls in a forest and there is no YouTube
record of it, did it fail to fall?"
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CIVIC PANOPTICON
 Civic surveillance of people and places of power
made possible by social structural assimilation of
near pervasive and ubiquitous computing
•Ubiquitous: integrated and invisible
•Pervasive: instituted and invasive
 Abu-Ghraib Prison Scandal
 Senator Allen’s “macacca” comment and event
 Hillary Clinton’s “Bosnia Sniper-Fire” incident
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DISCUSSION
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