Vincent August: The Rise of Network Ideas: From Cybernetics to Governance

In this episode our former fellow Vincent August poses the question why we describe our societies in terms of networks. He reveals how social and political thought deliberately enforced cybernetic network ideas to re-shape the way we think about society and politics. He argues that this technological narrative and the associated concepts of complexity, self-regulation and network governance have been extremely influential ever since although its roots in cybernetics have rarely been acknowledged.