Psychoanalysis Against WikiLeaks: Resisting the Demand for Transparency

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Abstract

With the intensifying demand for transparency in government has come a dramatic increase in the number of spectacular public leaks that carry dramatic public consequences. This essay reviews how transparency has been considered an ideal of democratic theory and critical media scholarship and offers several psychoanalytic tenets for reading public demands for transparency. The essay then analyses discourse by and about WikiLeaks to illustrate how Julian Assange’s discourse results in a program of transparency that engages in destructive rituals of disavowal and exposure.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages18
JournalReview of Communication
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 13 2020

Keywords

  • transparency
  • psychoanalysis
  • masculine fragility
  • drive
  • WikiLeaks
  • Julian Assange

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