In the first 4 chapters of Mark Poster’s book, Information Please: Culture and Politics in the Age of Digital Machines, Poster suggests that new human-machine assemblages proliferate with “globalization” (that he marks as different from both post-and neo-colonialism, despite historic linkages). He argues specifically that the colonizer/colonized binary doesn’t (and can’t) define or help us deduce what modern subjects look like, how they interact, or what types of selves they produce. He looks at power forms, spatial relations and networked connection to try and formulate what new “planetary” subjects might look like. Specifically, he argues that, “The digital subject, then, is located automatically in the global space of the network.”
How might we think of the “global space of the network”? Does it automatically redefine subjects? Does it replace place? How might we think about spatial relations within these networks and what types of power flow from and through them?