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

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

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

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3/5 (8 peringkat)
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262 pages
Dirilis:
Dec 1, 2007
ISBN:
9780226066226
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Buku

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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
Dirilis:
Dec 1, 2007
ISBN:
9780226066226
Format:
Buku

Tentang penulis

Albert Borgmann is professor of philosophy at the University of Montana. His previous publications include Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life, Crossing the Postmodern Divide, and Holding on to Reality.

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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 there are 3 kinds of information: Natural, what is around us. The signs that preliterates use to understand what nature brings us.Cultural: Man's first step into the recording of information and Instructions, which puts a premium on literacy.Technical: Copies of some aspect of reality that is captured and replayed by technical devices.