Publicity's Secret: How Technoculture Capitalizes on Democracy / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Dean's argument is built around analyses of Bill Gates, Theodore Kaczynski, popular journalism, the Internet and technology, as well as the conspiracy theory subculture that has marked American history from the Declaration Independence to the political celebrity of Hillary Rodham Clinton. The author claims that the media's insistence on the public's right to know leads to the indiscriminate investigation and dissemination of secrets. Consequently, in her view, the theoretical ideal of the public sphere, in which all processes are transparent, reduces real-world politics to the drama of the secret and its discovery.
|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Communicative Capitalism: The Ideological Matrix
1. Publicity's Secret
2. Conspiracy's Desire
3. Little Brothers
4. Celebrity's Drive
What People are Saying About This
"Jodi Dean's new book approaches the key issue of today's critical theory: how are we to subtract the authentic democratic impulse from its perversion in the media-manipulated notion of 'public' and 'public support'? Is the situation so manipulated that true democracy cannot survive? Or should we start to look for sites of resistance even in odd places like UFO and conspiracy theories? In short, to say 'I am engaged in critical theory and don't want to read Dean's book'is a contradiction in terms: the book is A MUST!"
"Removing secrets from the soul, where we traditionally suppose them to hide, and from the acts of divination that pretend to uncover them, Jodi Dean examines the genesis of secrecy as a ploy of modern technology. In doing so she does far more than place the secret 'out there' in the various technologies that have become the life-support of a thriving capitalism, she exposes the way a new ideology of intimacy threatens the very possibility of radical democracy. Political, cultural, and psychoanalytic insights spring from each page of this lively and timely book, raising critical concerns about our hasty acceptance of degraded notions of publicity."
"At a time when much of the writing about the politics of net culture is glib and epigrammatic, Jodi Dean provides an analysis that is theoretically profound and politically astute. Publicity's Secret is an important and distinctive contribution to thought about the public sphere, democracy, and secrecy."
"Jodi Dean takes us one step deeper into the mindscape of consumer capitalism."