Oct 15

The formation and regulation of discursive knowledge: Wikipedia

By Mindaugas Jocbalis


What is community power in new media? How does Wikipedia connect new media development to Habermas’ communicative rationality and Foucault’s diffusion of power and concept of metapower? Foucault argued that ‘power is everywhere’ and is dispersed throughout several institutions, but with strong issues of social exclusion. However, the centrality of this was debated. Habermas, on the other hand, presented a view that community action checks and challenges political power.

In a discussion on modernity, Habermas (1984, p. 3) gave a view stating that “modernity revolts against the normalizing functions of tradition; modernity lives on the experience of rebelling against all that is normative”. It is here that we can find the debate on community information networks as new media expressions of retaliation against traditional information sources. And interplays between power and knowledge happen at the level where social involvement reaches a peak in transforming a global network into a library of linguistic data, debate and argument.

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