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Foucault Across the Disciplines Conference

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We finished the webpage today for the ‘Foucault Across the Disciplines’ conference that I am organizing.  If you are interested, please visit

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January 22, 2008 at 12:44 am

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There is no such thing as The Internet

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The common tendency to refer to ‘the internet’ as a singular noun is entirely mistaken: there is no such thing as the internet, and there is only internetworking. There are billions of little boxes which use electromagnetic waves and extraordinarily complex mazes of cables of all variety to link together various other plastic boxes of indescribable diversity by means of a plurality of layered protocols operating on a wide range of hardware and software platforms, and all this for the sake of an immense array of purposes, programs, and projects whose complexity is so great that the merest glimpse at just a portion of it would spin the head of even the most learned polymaths. There is no such thing as the public sphere in internetworking, because there is a plurality of public spaces, evolving and expanding every single day by means of the thunderous energy of the trillions of keystrokes which we collectively depress over the course of a single rotation of our beloved earth on its axis… Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Colin Koopman

January 11, 2008 at 3:57 am