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Author Borgmann, Albert.

Title Holding on to reality : the nature of information at the turn of the millennium / Albert Borgmann
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999


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Description 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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
Summary We hear constantly about our current "information revolution." Twenty-four-hour news channels and dizzying Internet technologies bombard us with facts and pictures from around the globe. But what kind of a "revolution" is this? How has information really changed from what it was ten years or ten centuries ago? Albert Borgmann offers some riveting answers to these questions in Holding On to Reality. Borgmann has written a history of information, from its inception in the natural world to its role in the transformation of culture - in writing and printing, in music and architecture - to the current Internet mania and its attendant assets and liabilities
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-263) and index
Subject Communication -- Philosophy.
Information theory.
LC no. 98038578
ISBN 0226066231 (paperback)
0226066258 (cloth : acid-free paper)