Lee Grieveson (University College London)
On data, media, and the deconstruction of the administrative state
“On data, media, and the deconstruction of the administrative states” explores the recent history of libertarian and neo-fascist media and data practices in the US and UK designed to re-shape political reality. The talk explores the history of these practices and sketches a genealogy that begins with the radicalisation of liberalism in the 1970s, traverses the digital revolution gathering pace from the 1990s (from Google in 1999 and Facebook in 2004) and the corporate and state surveillance that emerged as key to the new digital age (expanding from 9/11 and from new practices of surveillance capitalism), and ends with the 2016 election of Donald Trump and the “Brexit” referendum.
Lee Grieveson is Professor of Media History at University College London and author most recently of Cinema and the Wealth of Nations: Media, Capital, and the Liberal World System (University of California Press, 2018.)