This brief study will focus on dehumanisation and biopolitics within information visualisation, specifically within the iconic visualisation technique ISOTYPE (International System of TYpographic Picture Education) (Neurath 1936). Following on from a previous manuscript titled Dehumanisation in Information Visualisation (2014), I expound the flippant misapplication of the term “dehumanisation” that was presented within the manuscript, and propose a contrary argument framed within a biopolitical mode of analysis (Foucault 2003). Dehumanisation is refined by psychologist Nick Haslam as the denial or refusal to acknowledge human nature and uniquely human characteristics, which comprises a “humanness” (Haslam 2006). The proposal of biopolitical control is engaged in fundamental continuity with the societal shift, as argued by philosopher Gilles Deleuze, from a society of discipline to a society of control (Deleuze 1992). Consequently, biopolitics within the society of control is proposed, by sociologist Nikolas Rose, to manifest a “mutation in personhood”, which develops a form of “somatic individuality”. Conclusively the paper ends with a contemporary exemplary case of biopower within the information visualisation of the product ‘Cue’ (Cue 2014).

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