Radical Instrument

IT is changing the exercise of power. Radical Instrument is picking up the signals.

Our theories about international power are wrong

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Radical Instrument is dedicated to the proposition that the realist-materialist theories which dominate our construction of international power relations are – well, wrong. Or, more kindly, less valid.

Look at any realpolitik text, and you’ll find them riddled with anachronisms:  references to the technical superiority of 19th-century Prussian rifles and the like. Theory supported by empirical observations of a a world which no longer exists. A world without the modern multinational corporation, the suitcase nuclear device, and fiber-optic networks. And yet – it’s largely stories about worlds that no longer exist that dominate how we think about international politics and power today. 

Radical Instrument argues that the “system” of international power is becoming a Turing machine:  the exchange of information increasingly drives the system’s change of state. Seen from this perspective, information-communication technologies promise the most radical – and yet often undetected – effect on the distribution and use of international power. 

Radical Instrument is listening for those signals.

“…we are instrumenting the world.” – Tim O’Reilly, 2008 Web 2.0 conference

Written by Mark

November 22, 2008 at 12:53 pm

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  1. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll! Interesting blog concept you have here…i’ll keep reading!


    December 24, 2008 at 7:00 pm

  2. Thanks Sarah – I enjoyed your holiday post about facebook!


    December 29, 2008 at 5:14 am

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