Info Peripeteia

This is Morgan Ame's and Tricia Wang's research blog documenting challenges to and support of the rhetoric of neo-informationalism. Peripeteia is a sudden reversal dependent on intellect and logic.

working definition of neo-informationalism: the belief that information should function like currency in free-market capitalism—borderless, free from regulation, and mobile. The logic of neo-info rests on an ethical framework that is tied to we call “information determinism,” the belief that free and open access to information can create real social change.

Keywords: neo-informationalism, information determinism, open access, open source, F/OSS, hackers, data, history, political, global, digital, ideology, rhetoric, semiotic, freedom of information
The Origins of 'Big Data': An Etymological Detective Story -

Professional Data Enlargement Services @nicolasnova


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Porter, T. M. (1996). Trust in numbers: the pursuit of objectivity in science and public life (p. 324). Princeton University Press. Retrieved from

Porter, T. M. (2009). The Culture of Quantification and the History of Public Reason. Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 26(02), 165. doi:10.1080/1042771042000219019

Porter, T., & Porter, T. M. (1994). Information, Power, and the View from Nowhere. In L. Bud-Frierman (Ed.), Information Acumen: The Understanding and Use of Knowledge in Modern Business (pp. 217–230). London: Routledge.

through the screen doors of discretion: To draw an analogy with computer coding, we might say that financial...

To draw an analogy with computer coding, we might say that financial instruments are analogous to ‘high-level’ programming languages such as Java or Ruby: they let you string commands together in order to perform certain actions. You want to get resources from A to B over time? Well, we can…


By taking human decisionmaking out of the equation, we’re slowly stripping away deliberation—moments where we reflect on the morality of our actions.
(via Relying on Algorithms and Bots Can Be Really, Really Dangerous | by Clive Thompson, Wired Opinion |


By taking human decisionmaking out of the equation, we’re slowly stripping away deliberation—moments where we reflect on the morality of our actions.

(via Relying on Algorithms and Bots Can Be Really, Really Dangerous | by Clive Thompson, Wired Opinion |

How Can Big Data Have a Social Impact? | Skoll World Forum


Big Data has the potential to transform development and accelerate social progress around the world, but there are issues surrounding understanding, ownership, privacy, capacity, measurement and more that need further dialogue and discussion. The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship partnered with the HBR-The Bridgespan Group Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact to surface key insights and practical lessons in harnessing the power of data for large-scale social impact. This debate will also set the stage for a larger discussion on the topic at this year’s Skoll World Forum in Oxford, UK.

@evgenymorozov's FT op-ed, Google Revolution Isn't Worth Our Privacy


Let’s give credit where it is due: Google is not hiding its revolutionary ambitions. As its co-founder Larry Page put it in 2004, eventually its search function “will be included in people’s brains” so that “when you think about something and don’t really know much about it, you will automatically get information”.

Science fiction? The implant is a rhetorical flourish but Mr Page’s utopian project is not a distant dream. In reality, the implant does not have be connected to our brains. We carry it in our pockets – it’s called a smartphone.

resisting being quantified makes you unpredictable to systems that make predictions based on facts.
Readings on Moral Information Processing from Dr. Darcia F. Narvaez

Moral Information Processing

Moral information processing has to do with how people comprehend moral events in stories, activities and in real life. We have studied moral information processing or moral discourse processing with story comprehension (theme comprehension, recall, ratings of importance of story events, inferences made while reading) and with videogame effects on finishing stories. See Narvaez (2002) for a review of individual difference effects on processing.


Published Papers


Narvaez, D. (1998).  The effects of moral schemas on the reconstruction of moral narratives in 8th grade and college students.  Journal of Educational Psychology, 90(1), 13-24.


Narvaez, D., Bentley, J., Gleason, T., Samuels, J. (1998).  Moral theme comprehension in third grade, fifth grade and college studentsReading Psychology, 19(2), 217-241.


Narvaez, D., & Mitchell, C. (1999). Schemas, culture, and moral texts. (In M. Leicester, C. Modgil, & S. Modgil, Eds.) Education, Culture and Values (Vol. IV of Moral Education and Pluralism) (pp. 149-157). London: Falmer Press.


Narvaez, D., van den Broek, P., and Ruiz, A.  (1999). Reading purpose, type of text and their influence on think-aloud and comprehension measuresJournal of Educational Psychology, 91(3), 488-496.


Narvaez, D., Gleason, T., Mitchell, C. & Bentley, J. (1999). Moral theme comprehension in childrenJournal of Educational Psychology, 91(3), 477-487.

              Reprinted in D. Boyd & G. Stevens (Ed.), Current Readings in Lifespan Development (pp. 73-87). Allyn & Bacon.


Narvaez, D. (1999). Using discourse processing methods to study moral thinkingEducational Psychology Review, 11 (4), 377-394.


Rest, J. R., Narvaez, D., Bebeau, M., & Thoma, S. (2000). A neo-Kohlbergian approach to morality researchJournal of Moral Education, 29 (4), 381-395.

              Reprinted in Mason, M. (2004). Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Cognitive Science. McGraw-Hill.

Narvaez, D. (2001).  Moral text comprehension: Implications for education and research.  Journal of Moral Education, 30 (1), 43-54.


Narvaez, D. (2002). Individual differences that influence reading comprehension.  In M. Pressley & C. C. Block  (Eds.), Reading Comprehension Instruction (pp. 158-175). New York: Guilford.


Narvaez, D. (2002). Does reading moral stories build characterEducational Psychology Review 14(2), 155-171.

Narvaez, D. & Bock, T. (2002). Moral schemas and tacit judgement or how the Defining Issues Test is supported by cognitive science.  Journal of Moral Education, 31 (3) 297-314.

Narvaez, D., Lapsley, D., Hagele, S., & Lasky, B. (2006). Moral chronicity and social information processing: Tests of a social cognitive approach to the moral personality.  Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 966–985.

Narvaez, D., & Gleason, T. (2007). The Influence of moral judgment development and moral experience on comprehension of moral narratives and expository textsThe Journal of Genetic Psychology, special issue (Nancy Eisenberg, editor), 168(3), 251–276.

Narvaez, D., Mattan, B., MacMichael, C., & Squillace, M. (2008). Kill bandits, collect gold or save the dying: the effects of playing a prosocial video game. Media Psychology Review. 1 (1).

Narvaez, D., Radvansky, G.A., Lynchard, N., & Copeland, D. (in press). Are older adults more attuned to morally-charged information? Experimental Aging Research


Narvaez, D., Gleason, T., & Mitchell, C. (in press). Moral virtue and practical wisdom: Theme comprehension in children, youth and adults. Journal of Genetic Psychology.


Narvaez, D. (in press). The Ethics of Neurobiological Narratives. Poetics Today, special issue on Narrative and the Emotions