In deploying Deleuze to diagnose and critique contemporary machinations of power , are we actually missing what is most potentially productive in his thinking? Der Derian I think the answer lies less in Deleuze’s philosophy per se and more in what he —along with Benjamin, Heidegger, Barthes, Virilio, Baudrillard and others — chose to philosophize about: the newest technologies of reproduction that were changing how we frame the world . That means we need to not just study and critique but to create media as ubiquitous, diffuse, and appealing as what the infosphere currently has on offer. Contrary to what uber-pundit Thomas Friedman said recently—and perhaps prematurely—about the role of Facebook, blogs, and Twitter in the fraudulent elections in Iran, sometimes tweet-tweet can beat bang-bang . We have seen how global media has become essential for the global circulation of power , the waging of war, and the imagining of peace . It is now an unparalleled force in the organisation, execution, justification, and representation of global violence , as witnessed in the first Gulf War, the Kosovo campaign, 9/11, the Iraq War, and what has followed. Global media continues , in spite of concentrated efforts by a variety of countries and technical fixes , to evade national management and control. Networked terror, network-centric warfare, and network attacks will continue to have an intense if intermittent transnational impact. We need to respond with new strategies, concepts, and policies. But how? Fighting fire with fire, media with media, and infowar with infopeace. That means dispensing with the conceit, stretching from Descartes through Marx to Chomsky, that there exists a universal truth waiting to be discovered once the veil of superstition , religion, media , or false consciousness of one sort or another is lifted by the right technology of knowledge. It might once have been true but in our 72
current multicultural, multimedia, heteropolar world; it is one more truth competing among a host of others. To counter the ubiquitous surveillance, information overload, and fundamentalist thinking that has transformed global media into weapons of mass distraction , deception, and destruction, we need to not just consume but produce counter-media now. It will not happen by primetime broadcast or even on public television: whatever independence they once enjoyed has been hijacked by corporate interests, partisan politics, and the need to meet the lowest common denominator of public culture. I think it falls upon universities and non-governmental organizations, as the last quasi-independent institutions, to develop the content as well as techniques for counter-media . 73
AT No Alternative Outlining a specific discourse of resistance is a totalitarian means of exercising power: we must outline a broad alternative means of resistance to power Pickett 05 Associate professor of Political Science at Chaldron State College 2005 [ On the Use and Abuse of Foucault For Politics pp.
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