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Dystopian discourses on the new technologies include the anxiety of the Internet being a pure tool of the military and multinationals, which will cause to decrease physical, 'real' contact between people and will stimulate an ever-growing information divide. As Audre Lorde would have it: "the master's tool can never dismantle the master's house." I tend not to agree with this viewpoint however, because these dystopian discourses conflate lack of information with lack of power or agency, ignore accounting for possible forms and openings for strategies and activisms and fail to theorise any form of subversive agency in a highly mediated and technologised world.
Furthermore, as Bolter and Grusin point out in Remediation: Understanding New media, it makes no sense in our highly mediated world to pertain the binary opposition of real versus virtual, where the virtual is rendered being of less importance and value. Furthermore, as we can see with Donna Haraway's notion of the cyborg as the 'illigitimate offsping' of the military and corporations, we could conceive of the human-Internet integration as not necessarily being faithful to its military origins.
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