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Re: <nettime> wikileaks & cognitive dissonance
colin hodson on Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:11:31 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> wikileaks & cognitive dissonance


Breaking down cognitive dissonance in a subject in relation to their
critical position within a cultural/political paradigm is what I was
suggesting, in a recent post, as an indirect but significant effect of
wikileaks. Even though the providence of the leaks will always (as John
Young points out) require scrutiny, I think (hope) the mass of whistleblown
documents pave the way for a more critical public. (I set myself apart from
public by saying this, uncomfortably).

Where this will end (net-leaks), I can't imagine, but I think cognitive
dissonance explains (why didn't I think of this before) why a lot of
critical arguments get shut down.

Of course, as leaks become more accepted, their providence is going to
become increasingly suspect..but so far, so useful...

Colin







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