Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Imagination as Memory

Construction of Castell's three types of identity, legitimizing identity, that of powerful institutions, project identity, that of social reformers, and resistance identity, that of subjugated people, are all dependent to some extent on the past, and social explanations of the past. ...

Cyberspace, the 'space of flows', is constituted by neither knowledge nor action but by information once the exclusive province of governments and other institutions of control. The Net can effectively imprint new 'regimens of information' on the susceptible minds of millions. ...

The Net, however, offers us the illusion of relatedness and of group solidarity. It is this illusion that has always sustained disenfranchised people throughout history, but today the illusion has more power to effect change than ever before.

--Sandra Arnold Scham


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