- FLEISSNER, Péter-Nyíri, János: Philosophy of Culture and the Politics of Electronic Networking
- Verlag: Áron Kiadó, Budapest, - StudienVerlag
- Veröffentlichungsjahr: 1999
- Nummer von Seiten: 350
- Sprache: English
- Electronic networking has by now greatly modified communications and economic
transactions, and is rapidly becoming a phenomenon to effect some fundamental cultural changes: transformations in education, research, economic performance,
social organization, even personality structures. These changes are foreshadowed by, and will no doubt have further impact upon, developments in contemporary philosophy. Like every new technology, electronic networking adds new possibilities to traditional human behaviour. And by doing that it provokes the production of human fantasies: during the Russian revolution Lenin expected that the network of electric power plants, in combination with the power of the Soviets, would bring about communism; the French evolution perceived the optical telegraph as a tool for spreading the ideas of enlightenment and controlling their armies from Paris, a symbol for a new period in history. Dealing with electronic technologies does not only mean that human beings are empowered to speed up their communication and to link them person by person (this was the story of the telephone), or that the new feature offered by the digital networks is the creation of a virtual space where real human beings may meet and interact. All these developments are in no aspect neutral. They are heavily burdened with human interests, fantasies and desires, and as a medium they can induce specific types of human behaviour by their own laws and will shape human performance by their intrinsic features.