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Ethical Subjects in Contemporary Culture$
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Dave Boothroyd

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640096

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640096.001.0001

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. Secrecy and the Secret of Ethical Subjectivity

. Secrecy and the Secret of Ethical Subjectivity

(p.106) 6. Secrecy and the Secret of Ethical Subjectivity
Ethical Subjects in Contemporary Culture

Dave Boothroyd

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter critically discusses how the formation of ethical subjectivity today must be considered in conjunction with the technopolitics of secrecy and disclosure, and it proposes an account of the ways in which the technical transition and ‘democratisation’ of archival upload/download capacity associated with digital communications fundamentally challenges the existing structures of control over such things as censorship and cultural memory (a theme developed and contextualised further in the following chapter.) Levinas argues that ‘infinite responsibility’ is ‘incarnated’ as the ‘ultimate secret of subjectivity’. In view of Derrida's account of both the necessary technicity of the human and the impossibility of ‘saying the event’, this chapter proposes way of thinking the ethico-technopolitics of secrecy and disclosure in the age of ‘big data’ in terms of the singularity of the event and the unique responsibility of the ethical Subject in relation to that.

Keywords:   Secrecy, Wikileaks, big data, social media, event, technics, meta-data

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