2009-06-25 Governing Through the Future

Ben O'Loughlin will participate in a two-day workshop Governing Through the Future this week in London, presenting a paper with Andrew Hoskins (Warwick) exploring how the recording and digitization of our lives disrupts the linearity of the politics of past-present-future. The meaning of events becomes impossible to settle for good because of growing awareness of the potential for new shattering images to emerge. Governance must live with this, and we discuss how new strategies of anticipation and definition are becoming clear, namely premediation and postmediation. Ultimately, what is being governed is not the future, but an extended present (Nowotny, 1994), a continually emergent and adapting set of strategies and foci within which all eventualities are not so much controlled but smoothed and nudged along.