Holding on to Reality The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium
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Description: Holding On to Reality is a brilliant history of information, from its inception in the natural world to its role in the transformation of culture to the current Internet mania and is attendant assets and liabilities. Drawing on the history of ideas, the details of information technology, and the boundaries of the human condition, Borgmann illuminates the relationship between things and signs, between reality and information. "[Borgmann] has offered a stunningly clear definition of information in Holding On to Reality. . . . He leaves room for little argument, unless one wants to pose the now vogue objection: I guess it depends on what you mean by nothing."--Paul Bennett, Wired "A superb anecdotal analysis of information for a hype-addled age."--New Scientist "This insightful and poetic reflection on the changing nature of information is a wonderful antidote to much of the current hype about the 'information revolution.' Borgmann reminds us that whatever the reality of our time, we need 'a balance of signs and things' in our lives."--Margaret Wertheim, LA Weekly
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2000
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|Introduction: Information vs. Reality|
|Natural Information: Information about Reality|
|The Decline of Meaning and the Rise of Information|
|The Nature of Information|
|From Landmarks to Letters|
|The Rise of Literacy|
|Cultural Information: Information for Reality|
|Producing Information: Writing and Structure|
|Producing Information: Measures and Grids|
|Realizing Information: Reading|
|Realizing Information: Playing|
|Realizing Information: Building|
|Technological Information: Information as Reality|
|Transparency and Control|
|Virtuality and Ambiguity|
|Fragility and Noise Conclusion: Information and Reality|