Foucault argued in 1967 that the great problems of his era were defined by the relations among sites, which can be "described formally as series, trees, or grids" (23). He explains further that such relations among sites manifested themselves in "contemporary technical work"--"the storage of data or of the intermediate results of a calculation in the memory of a machine" and in random traffic patterns in busy intersections. These relations among sites also manifest themselves in the problem of the "human site or living space"--"what type of storage, circulation, marking, and classification of human elements should be adopted in a given situation in order to achieve a given end." While he separates the problems of "contemporary technical work" from the problems of the "human site or living space," we argue that these problems cannot be separated in our digital age. While space still "takes the form of relations among sites" (Foucault 23), sites are no longer bound to physical living space. They have been extended to some digital, virtual spaces.

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