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    DescriptionMedia outlets in the United States - most notably the Internet - have claimed to serve the public's ever-greater thirst for information. Scandals are revealed, details are laid bare because the public needs to know. In Publicity's Secret, Jodi Dean claims that the public's demands for information both coincide with the interests of the media industry and reinforce the cynicism promoted by contemporary technoculture. Democracy has become a spectacle, and Dean asserts that theories of the public sphere endanger democratic politics in the information age. popular journalism, the Internet and technology, as well as the conspiracy theory subculture that has marked American history from the Declaration of Independence to the political celebrity of Hillary Rodham Clinton. The author claims that the media's insistence on the public's right to know leads to the indiscriminate investigation and dissemination of secrets. Consequently, in her view, the theoretical ideal of the public sphere, in which all processes are transparent, reduces real-world politics to the drama of the secret and its discovery.

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    Publicity's Secret
    How Technoculture Capitalizes on Democracy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jodi Dean
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 5 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801486784
    ISBN 10: 0801486785

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: MED
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    BIC subject category V2: JP, JFD
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.6
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000
    Libri: I-BE
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: BUS002000
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27300
    DC21: 659
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: POL007000
    Abridged Dewey: 659
    DC22: 659
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    LC classification: HM1226 .D4 2002
    Thema V1.0: JP, JBCT, TBX, JBCC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    01 September 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "Removing secrets from the soul, where we traditionally suppose them to hide, and from the acts of divination that pretend to uncover them, Jodi Dean examines the genesis of secrecy as a ploy of modern technology. In doing so she does far more than place the secret 'out there' in the various technologies that have become the life-support of a thriving capitalism, she exposes the way a new ideology of intimacy threatens the very possibility of radical democracy. Political, cultural, and psychoanalytic insights spring from each page of this lively and timely book, raising critical concerns about our hasty acceptance of degraded notions of publicity." Joan Copjec, University at Buffalo"