Holding On to Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium

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University of Chicago Press, 15 kwi 1999 - 274
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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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Borgmann presents an historical overview of information, how it has been transformed through time by the introduction of new technology, and especially digital technology. Borgmann shows what this ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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I set the thing down for months, and then picked it back up again. Its not especially interesting, but it has its moments. It took me 180 pages to truly appreciate the main theme of the book, that ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

Spis treści

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
Technological Information Information as Reality
Elementary Measures
Basic Structures
Transparency and Control
Virtuality and Ambiguity
Fragility and Noise
Information and Reality

Realizing Information Reading
Realizing Information Playing
Realizing Information Building

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Strona 6 - Mundi Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the head of a man, A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds. The darkness drops again; but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Informacje o autorze (1999)

Albert Borgmann is the Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana. His books include Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life and Crossing the Postmodern Divide, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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