This post seems to encapsulate some aspects of self-writing or hupomnemata in Foucault’s terms.
Foucault (1982, p. 791) appears to criticise Habermas suggesting that power comes from deep within society. Habermas contended that power was external to the public sphere, whereas notions of civil society as proposed by Dean and others side with Foucault positioning power as an integral part of civil society.
Now the content of the post is unremarkable and not especially exciting, but the author remarks that this is a post designed to help him think through some issues. It’s not the content, it’s the process. And when he has finished thinking through this issue he may actually remove parts of the post:
Please note: this post is under construction whilst I read the article below. This notice will be removed when it’s complete.
So the post is not static and may change later. And this takes place in public view.
It’s perhaps no accident then that the author is investigating blogging:
During 2008 I will write a thesis that aims to examine how employees use private blogs for personal emancipation. How will efforts toward personal emancipation show up in a blog? Is a struggle really indicative of efforts toward emancipation? How are the concepts of privacy and free speech related to such a notion?
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