Mark Poster. Information Please: Culture and Politics in the Age of Digital Machines. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006 [Book Review]

2017-05-22T02:13:37Z (GMT) by Adam Lodders
In accessing this review, you have engaged with an information ma-chine. It is this engagement, that of the human and the machine, and how it has refigured our understanding of culture, politics and the self that is the central contention of Mark Poster’s text. The text presents us with an exploration into the ubiquitous nature of information machines that permeate our daily existence. Technology has a profound effect on culture. He argues that “culture cannot be seen as separate from technology” and as such “many assumptions long held in modern society require revision” (9). This guiding principle frames debate throughout the text by interweaving the role that the advent of information and communications technology has upon globalisation, politics, identity, media, art and culture.