Police Media: The Governance of Territory, Speed, and Communication

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The work of the modern police apparatus is highly dependent upon media technologies. This article traces crucial developments in this history, analyzing the central role that media have played in policing practices since the advent of the modern patrol in the late eighteenth century. We trace how the governmentalized police force has used media to govern efficiently what Foucault calls the three great variables: territory, speed, and communication. In conclusion, we consider the possibilities for resistance in a time when digital police media have given rise to alarming strategies for surveilling populations, stifling dissent, and exerting control over public and private space.

Keywords: Digital Media; Foucault; Governmentality; Media History; Police; Surveillance

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2013.835053

Publication date: December 1, 2013

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