Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Global Gridlock

A new article of mine has just been posted online at the Centre for Research on Globalization, which looks at how the US Military-Industrial Complex is attempting to use ubiquitous and networked technologies to map, monitor, and ultimately 'contain' all contingencies, including the biosphere.

It is titled

Global Gridlock: How the US Military-Industrial Complex Seeks to Contain and Control the Earth and it’s Eco-System

It is my argument that the future direction of present technological emergence is one that seeks to go beyond networks; rather it is towards ubiquitous technologies that offer a complete immersive (or rather ‘sub-mersive’) experience of a digitised environment. With networks there is always the possibility of moving into the grey and illusive areas in-between. These are the areas where the networks do not, or cannot, cover; neglected zones of poverty and risk, and insecure zones of warlord regions, and smuggling zones. With immersive technological mapping there may one day be no ‘spaces in-between’; the distinction between ‘in’ and ‘out’ dissolved; boundaries melted away under the digital gaze. In this article I argue that the US military-industrial complex is attempting to gain full dominance over the complete information spectrum, including dominating the electro-magnetic spectrum and the Internet, in order to gain full total coverage for purposes of containment and control.

The article has already been picked up by several other sites, including Alex Jones's Truth News.

This article, like my previous one, deal with my professional interests into the sociological study of technology, and thus do not consider the more spiritual side of these issues.

1 comment:

Angela said...

Incredibly well-researched and informative article, Kingsley. I am grateful for your attention to these matters. I linked to this article on my blog, I believe it to be very important.

Thanks again.