On PRISM, or Listening Neoliberally
That’s a question for other people to answer. I’m mainly interested in developing an account of how “listening” works in neoliberalism/biopolitics/big data. This is important because big data actually listens more than it gazes (that’s why, um, Nate Silver’s book is called “The Signal and The Noise”). In other words, if panoptic power “gazes”, or works according to a metaphorics of sight and vision, then neoliberal power listens, works according to a metaphorics of acoustics, audition, and sonic perception. So this project isn’t just about understanding listening, sound culture, and perception, but about understanding how hegemony works.