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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226486990

ISBN-13: 9780226486994

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

Overview

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 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction: Literature and Creative Destruction....................1
Part I The New Enlightenment Preface "Unnice Work": Knowledge Work and the Academy....................14
1 The Idea of Knowledge Work....................23
Part II Ice Ages Preface "We Work Here, but We're Cool"....................76
2 Automating....................81
3 Informating....................105
4 Networking....................141
Part III The Laws of Cool Preface "What's Cool?"....................176
5 The Ethos of Information....................181
6 Information Is Style....................195
7 The Feeling of Information....................231
8 Cyber-Politics and Bad Attitude....................239
Part IV Humanities and Arts in the Age of Knowledge Work Preface "More"....................286
9 The Tribe of Cool....................289
10 Historicizing Cool: Humanities in the Information Age....................301
11 Destructive Creativity: The Arts in the Information Age....................317
12 Speaking of History: Toward an Alliance of New Humanities and New Arts (With a Prolegomenon on the Future Literary)....................373
Epilogue....................385
Appendixes A. Taxonomy of Knowledge Work....................391
B. Chronology of Downsizing (Through the 1990s)....................394
C. "Ethical Hacking" and Art....................396
Notes....................399
Works Cited....................495
Index....................541

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