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Holding on to Reality The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium

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ISBN-10: 0226066258

ISBN-13: 9780226066257

Edition: N/A

Authors: Albert Borgmann

List price: $34.00
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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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Book details

List price: $34.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 282
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introduction: Information vs. Reality
Natural Information: Information about Reality
The Decline of Meaning and the Rise of Information
The Nature of Information
Ancestral 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
Elementary Measures
Basic Structures
Transparency and Control
Virtuality and Ambiguity
Fragility and Noise Conclusion: Information and Reality
Notes
Index