A group interview on issues of methodology in the work of Michel Foucault, the discussion focuses less on the 'interpretation' of Foucault's work and more on the critical and transformative redeployment of Foucault's philosophical toolkit. What is most usable in Foucault's genealogical method for today's critical tasks? What is most unusable, or frustrating, in Foucault's library for us today? And who else might we turn to alongside Foucault for our critical, philosophical, and historical energies?
This paper introduces a genealogy of a contemporary modality of power operative across finance capital and the security state, but most especially the new informatics at work in social media and big data. To move beyond the familiar summative clichés for this latter constellation of practices ('the information age' or 'the internet society') we need to follow Foucauldian genealogy in order to interrogate a political shift in the very nature of power itself. We find ourselves midst a new form of power that originally emerged within the context of biopower but has recently assumed a gravity all its own: infopower.