305MC: Power 2


  • How power enacted in our digital networks
  • Public sphere & mass surveillance
  • Discipline & Punishment propaganda
  • Govern mentality
  • Failure of the state / The establishment
  • Centralised authority v decentralised systems

Estates Of The Realm

  • 1st Estate: Clergy
  • 2nd Estate: Nobility
  • 3rd Estate: Commoners
  • 4th Estate: Independent press and media
  • 5th Estate: Networked


bravenewworld (Aldous Huxley) 1984-1 (George Orwell)

Elements Of The Public Sphere


A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

“Now, one can simulate a space of control, project an indefinite number of courses of action, train for each possibility, and react immediately with pre-programmed responses to the actual course of events . . . with simulation, sight and foresight, actual and virtual begin to merge. . . . Increasingly the technological enlargement of the field of perceptual control, the erasure of distance in the speed of electronic information has pushed surveillance beyond the very limits of speed toward the purest forms of anticipation.” (Bogard, 1996)

Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) AKA The Snoopers Charter

Where/What is truth in mediated culture

  • Wiki leaks / P-edia
  • Social Media
  • Mainstream Media: BBC? Guardian?
  • Lyotards “Grand Narratives” & Metanarratives

(Network, 1976)

Disturbed Power – Finance

  • Bitcoin
  • P2P Currency
  • Open Source
  • Cryptocurrency
  • No centralised regulation

The Topology of Networks

Network topology is the arrangement of the various elements (links, nodes, etc.) of a computer network. Essentially, it is the topological structure of a network and may be depicted physically or logically.




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