oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - For whom the whistle blows : welcome to the immunity frontier

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



Immunity concerns nowadays one additional area and dimension that came into existence recently: the space of Internet. The Internet is also one of the possible warzones invested by the military, a fourth theatre - after land, sea, and air. Logistical operations coordinate not only the transfer of data, but also that of labour, knowledge and of populations across borders while, at the same time, borders are constantly multiplying and shifting. These operations act according to control, planning and order protocols that govern all social relations. They are dealt with through immunity too. Whistle blowing is one of the immunity instruments, exercised by formal or informal associations, institutionalised or not so, by various lobbies of such and such a cause and at times even by individuals. Whistle-blowing institutions or networks, quite independently from their positive or negative impact, do not emerge from representative politics. In this respect, they resemble the various rating agencies and other Moody's that now decide on the credit rating of States and thus the fate of the population. Both appear as politics has vanished replaced by economy emerging as a dispersed agency, while globalisation hasn't produced any political subjects whatsoever on the transnational level. They are recognised or aren't, in the myriad of "alternatives" to subjects, subjectivations, subject-positions, agencies etc. ... They don't respond either to a "political society" or to a "civil society"... They are between the "public" and the "common", towards the latter rather but not quite, neither civil society nor political society, between event and awakening, neither black nor white or both, something of a post-representational politics.

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