Risk and hyperconnectivity : media and memories of by Andrew Hoskins, John Tulloch

By Andrew Hoskins, John Tulloch

Chance and Hyperconnectivity brings the paradigms of recent hazard idea, neoliberalization they, and connectivity conception jointly for the 1st time to light up how the kaleidoscope of possibility occasions within the beginning years of the recent century has recharged a neoliberal battlespace of media, economic system, and safety. Probing a chain of hazard occasions that experience already contoured the twenty-first century, this account indicates how both Read more...


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We can neither calculate in advance nor control such a catastrophe with available tools of prediction and prevention, uncertainty management or insurance” (2013, 24). Yet that “uncontrollability” was homemade in the European Union since a common currency was introduced without establishing institutions monitoring and coordinating the economic and financial policies of individual member states. Third, Beck suggests, Risk implies the message that it is high time for us to act! Drag people out of their routine, drag the politicians out of the “constraints” that allegedly surround them.

It did this by way of conceptual reiteration (of the new military technology “logic” of “shock and awe”); by way of visual schemas (of surveillance aircraft, smart weaponry, and the Götterdämmerung images of Baghdad attacked) embedded in moral (initially Christian) commemoration of the forces of good against evil; and via the commemorative representation of a clean war apparently without civilian victims (Rutherford 2004; Tulloch and Blood 2012). As we will see in the following four chapters, cultural/​institutional narratives and images of this premediating kind were also common in the British media in relation to the GFC.

They experience Europe above all as a mobile society of individuals; they value the porousness of national frontiers, the multiplicity of cultures, languages, judicial systems, ways of life, etc. In this sense we can say there is more freedom through more Europe. (2013, 71) Beck benchmarks his position between, on one hand, the eighteenth-​century French Enlightenment philosopher Jean-​Jacques Rousseau’s Du Contrat Social (1762) and, on the other, contemporary French sociologist Vincenzo Cicchelli’s book of research on Europe’s younger generation, L’Esprit Cosmopolite (2012).

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