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

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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 (philosophy, University of Montana) explores the history of information, from its inception in the natural world, through its role in the transformation of culture, to the current Internet mania and its attendant assets and liabilities.
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Borgmann, the author of "Crossing the Postmodern Divide", presents a brilliant history of information, from its inception in the natural world to its role in the transformation of culture.

Synopsis:

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

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Information vs. Reality

Pt. 1 Natural Information: Information about Reality

1 The Decline of Meaning and the Rise of Information

2 The Nature of Information

3 Ancestral Information

4 From Landmarks to Letters

5 The Rise of Literacy

Pt. 2 Cultural Information: Information for Reality

6 Producing Information: Writing and Structure

7 Producing Information: Measures and Grids

8 Realizing Information: Reading

9 Realizing Information: Playing

10 Realizing Information: Building

Pt. 3 Technological Information: Information as Reality

11 Elementary Measures

12 Basic Structures

13 Transparency and Control

14 Virtuality and Ambiguity

15 Fragility and Noise

Conclusion: Information and Reality

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226066257
Author:
Borgmann, Albert
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Borgmann
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Information Theory
Subject:
Reality
Subject:
Communicatio in sacris
Subject:
Aspects
Subject:
Communication -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
282
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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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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