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Something smart going on: the apocalyptic aesthetics of surveillance
Faculty of Informatics - Papers (Archive)
  • Marcus O'Donnell, University of Wollongong
RIS ID
23345
Publication Date
1-1-2007
Publication Details

O'Donnell, M. "Something smart going on: the apocalyptic aesthetics of surveillance." From Dataveillance to Uberveillance and the Realpolitik of the Transparent Society (Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security 2007). Ed. K. Michael & M. G. Michael. Wollongong, NSW: IP Location-Based Services Research Program and the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention, UOW, 2007. 181-200.

Abstract

This paper analyses surveillance as an integral element in contemporary discourses of the apocalyptic. It outlines a model of the apocalyptic that has its roots in the western religious tradition particularly the last book of the Christian bible: The Book of Revelation. It explores the intersecting narratives of surveillance, the apocalyptic and the forensic as a way of contextualising contemporary political, pop cultural and technological events. Each of these narratives play themselves out through a dialectical logic: surveillance is seen as bringing both intrusion and protection; the apocalypse is harbinger of both destruction and a new world; while the forensic revels in both discovery and horror. Each of these narratives is related to a search for meaning and authenticity and each is expressed through a broad range of multimodal contemporary mythic structures in news, film, television and politics.

Citation Information
Marcus O'Donnell. "Something smart going on: the apocalyptic aesthetics of surveillance" (2007) p. 181 - 200
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marcusodonnell/4/