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Power, Reason, Closure: Critical Perspectives on New Media Theory
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7417-0414
2005 (English)In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 403-422Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses the question of new media studies’ meta-theoretical premises. It is argued that the field’s exceptional openness towards theory and method is a valuable asset, which needs to be cultivated by means of a more explicit meta-theoretical debate. Drawing on critical theory, three meta-theoretical criteria concerning power, reason and closure are suggested and applied in a review of common theoretical perspectives at use in the field. A discussion of political economy and postmodern perspectives prepares the ground for an analysis of approaches inspired by Habermas and Foucault. The article concludes by advocating the theoretical concept of the dispositif or social apparatus, developed by Foucault and Deleuze. It is argued that the concept provides an effective tool to map the intricate relations of power and knowledge around the internet, as well as a possibility to analyse how processes of subjectification are fostered or circumscribed in specific settings.

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2005. Vol. 7, no 3, p. 403-422
Keywords [en]
critical theory, dispositif, Foucault, Habermas, internet, power, public sphere, reason, social apparatus
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Media Studies
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38814DOI: 10.1177/1461444805052283OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38814DiVA, id: diva2:892736
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2015-12-06 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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