Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Coming Soon: "Virtual" Democracy

It's ALMOST Real...
Naomi Klein, in The Nation (via Alternet), sez:
Political protesters are now being videotaped under the guise of ensuring their legal right to be seen and heard. What happens when surveillance is billed as the new participatory democracy?
Everybody knows 'what happens': We lose! Michel Foucault was the first to notice--at least he was the first to popularize the idea--that surveillance is the dominant motif of all social science: The positivist model of observation (surveillance) and prediction (control) lives and flourishes in, and ultimately underwrites, the National Security State.

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