The New Holy Trinity

Darin Barney, Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology, p.29:

The words "technology," "information," and "communication" constitute the holy trinity of the age of computerized networks. If, as I propose, "technology" is defined as a productive practice that simultaneously tells us something significant about our collective selves, "information" as a practice that shapes or gives form, and "communication" as the locus of relationships in which we share that which is common, then I think it is safe to say there is something of social, economic, and political import to be gleaned from their coincidence at present. What will the shape of a society enmeshed in a network of computerized information and communications technologies be? What relationships will it encourage or discourage, and what will it tell us of the important things we gather to and about ourselves? Specifically, are the society and relationships encouraged by these technologies likely to achieve the democratic potential hoped for them?

To Barney's questions about the social body, I will append the following: What do computerized networks mean for the corporeal essence of the individual human body? And with specific regard to the context of sportsBabel, what role, if any, does sport play in creating and normalizing this (new) individual body?


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