Class Notes. May 25, 2007 On Giddens and 9-11 Trust, Expert Systems, Power. Differential Power. Two results: Skew norms Familiarity of established trustworthiness among friends and intimates How is it that the first relates to differential power?. About Norms.
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May 25, 2007
On Giddens and 9-11
Trust, Expert Systems, Power
"Blowback" is about such resistance to the dominant norm
“Blowback” is a CIA term.
It is a metaphor for the unintended consequences of the US government's international activities
Installing the Shah in power brought twenty-five years of tyranny and repression to the Iranian people and elicited the Ayatollah Khomeini's revolution.
The staff of the American embassy in Teheran was held hostage for more than a year (due to the anger of blowback).
The original (misguided) "covert operation" by the US government helped convince many people throughout the Islamic world that the United States was an enemy.
If the meeting ground of face-work and faceless commitments are the access points of the abstract system, what is the involvement with trust in modern society?
In 9-11 where is the face-work?
As “organized” a society as the US is, there was enough social dis-connection that “face-work” could not come into play.
This lack of proper face-work created in-security
From Giddens long list of 10 points
Risk and trust are intertwined; leading to calculations of risk (influencing human action)
This is where we will go next, thinking about complex human systems and also thinking of the power (and also powerlessness) of human agents trapped inside environments with both risk and trust