Archive for December, 2010

Change Agent

December 6, 2010

Here I am continuing on line dialogues.

The original question:

So what do you think about WikiLeaks? Can a whistleblower website wake up the public and/or shake up big media and government?

‎”The Public” is an empty signifier. The public has no agency, no consciousness. “You” however is very particular. What I mean is, the public can not wake up, and you can not speak for or even accurately about the public. The question then, in a radical sense is put to you. Has this whistleblower website woken you? And if so, what are you going to do about it? You are the only possible agent of change. This radical you does not negate collective action. In the language of the original question, “the public” is objectified, you stand outside as an observer. What I am suggesting is that we see ourselves as a public agent. This radical consciousness makes subjective, includes you in the public. In this consciousness we can speak subjectively of the public. So the question is put to you. Are you awake? Now what?