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
(via Amazon.com: The Reality of the Mass Media (Cultural Memory in the Present) (9780804740777): Niklas Luhmann, Kathleen Cross: Books)
Excerpt from book abstract:
p, li { white-space: pre-wrap; } “The reality of mass media, he argues, allows societies to process information without destabilizing social roles or overburdening social actors. It forms a broad reservoir (memory) of options for the future coordination of action, and it provides parameters for the stabilization of political reproduction of society, as it produces a continuous self-description of the world around which modern society can orient itself. In his discussion of mass media, Luhmann elaborates a theory of communication in which communication is seen not as the act of a particular consciousness, nor the medium of integrative social norms, but merely the technical codes through which systemic operations arrange and perpetuate themselves.”

(via Amazon.com: The Reality of the Mass Media (Cultural Memory in the Present) (9780804740777): Niklas Luhmann, Kathleen Cross: Books)

Excerpt from book abstract:

p, li { white-space: pre-wrap; } “The reality of mass media, he argues, allows societies to process information without destabilizing social roles or overburdening social actors. It forms a broad reservoir (memory) of options for the future coordination of action, and it provides parameters for the stabilization of political reproduction of society, as it produces a continuous self-description of the world around which modern society can orient itself. In his discussion of mass media, Luhmann elaborates a theory of communication in which communication is seen not as the act of a particular consciousness, nor the medium of integrative social norms, but merely the technical codes through which systemic operations arrange and perpetuate themselves.”

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