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

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  • É. Darier
  • M. D. Mehta
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>05/1998
<mark>Journal</mark>The Information Society
Issue number2
Volume14
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)107-116
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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.