The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information / Edition 1

The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information / Edition 1

by Alan Liu
     
 

Knowledge work is now the reigning business paradigm and affects even the world of higher education. But what perspective can the knowledge of the humanities and arts contribute to a world of knowledge work whose primary mission is business? And what is the role of information technology as both the servant of the knowledge economy and the medium of a new

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Knowledge work is now the reigning business paradigm and affects even the world of higher education. But what perspective can the knowledge of the humanities and arts contribute to a world of knowledge work whose primary mission is business? And what is the role of information technology as both the servant of the knowledge economy and the medium of a new technological cool? In The Laws of Cool, Alan Liu reflects on these questions as he considers the emergence of new information technologies and their profound influence on the forms and practices of knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226486994
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : literature and creative destruction1
Pt. IThe new enlightenment
Preface : "unnice work" : knowledge work and the academy14
1The idea of knowledge work23
Pt. IIIce ages
Preface : "we work here, but we're cool"76
2Automating81
3Informating105
4Networking141
Pt. IIIThe laws of cool
Preface : "what's cool?"176
5The ethos of information181
6Information is style195
7The feeling of information231
8Cyber-politics and bad attitude239
Pt. IVHumanities and arts in the age of knowledge work
Preface : "more"286
9The tribe of cool289
10Historicizing cool : humanities in the information age301
11Destructive creativity : the arts in the information age317
12Speaking of history : toward an alliance of new humanities and new arts (with a prolegomenon on the future literary)373
App. ATaxonomy of knowledge work391
App. BChronology of downsizing (through the 1990s)394
App. C"Ethical hacking" and art396

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