Technologies of Knowing: A Proposal for the Human Sciences

Technologies of Knowing: A Proposal for the Human Sciences

by John Willinsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807061069

ISBN-13: 9780807061060

Pub. Date: 02/01/1999

Publisher: Beacon

In this age of ever more powerful computers, our ability to collect and spread knowledge is growing at an exponential rate. Far from liberating humanity, our "information exasperation," as John Willinsky describes it in this pathbreaking book, has made our ability to reach conclusions about the world around us all the more difficult. While some critics have condemned…  See more details below

Overview

In this age of ever more powerful computers, our ability to collect and spread knowledge is growing at an exponential rate. Far from liberating humanity, our "information exasperation," as John Willinsky describes it in this pathbreaking book, has made our ability to reach conclusions about the world around us all the more difficult. While some critics have condemned computers and the Internet for putting us in this age of overflow, and still others have praised them for their own sake, Willinsky takes a middle ground. Using the fictitious Automata Data Corporation as the vehicle for an ingenious thought experiment, he plays out what would happen if all information collected from social science research were centralized, catalogued, and processed by one company serving the public interest. Willinsky describes in great detail how such an entity could work to fulfill the promises of the human sciences and technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807061060
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

1Random News1
2Corporate Prospects13
3Information Explosion30
4Reading Exasperation51
5Social Contract71
6Technologies of Knowing100
7Enlightenment, Democracy, Knowledge126
8Knowledge Futures153
Notes173
Acknowledgments203
Index205

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