Foucault News

News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Eric Schliesser, Foucault on Enlightenment, and Journalism, Digressions and Impressions (blog), 19 January 2023.

Foucault redefines the nature of journalism from, say, the reporting of news, to this more ontological or existential question pertaining in tricky ways to identity, ‘what are we now?’ To be sure, Foucault does not legislate that journalism is not about reporting the news anymore, but we might say that what is thought or taken to be worthy to be reported must pertain to this kind of salience. What’s interesting about this claim is that it prefigures, but also reminds us of what we already know, that ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print’ reflects the question of (our potentially fleeting) identity. The expanding lifestyle pages, perhaps, suggest that the oblique mirror that contemporary journalism provides us with to answer this question is more suggestive of our desires and fantasies than anything else.

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