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Genius.it to Annotate the World - Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality - August 2015
Must-Read: Genius: Annotate the World: "Genius lets you add line-by-line annotations... ...to any page on the Internet. Put Genius.it/ in front of any URL (or install our Chrome extension or our…
Internet  information  knowledge_management  collaboration  research  networks-information  software  tips 
august 2015 by dunnettreader
Daniel Dennett - Information, Evolution, and intelligent Design - Video | 3quarksdaily - August 2015
2 YouTube videos, 1st (1 hour+) of Dennett's presentation and then the Q&A -- looks like it was at RI Institute. He's NOT dealing with Intelligent Design initial caps.
speech  video  Dennett  human_nature  epistemology-social  evolution-as-model  evolution-social  mind  cognition  information  information_theory  information-intermediaries  design  social_process  decision_theory 
august 2015 by dunnettreader
Tim Neff, review - Andrew Pettegree, The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself | Public Books — April 2015
How did we go from that to the news as we now know it, broadcast across the globe and in cycles measured in milliseconds? Pettegree, a professor of modern history at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, finds answers by linking the emergence of news as a mass commodity to Western Europe’s development of communications networks between the 15th and 18th centuries. This network perspective decenters news as a singular object. Instead, what we get is a richly detailed history that shows the invention of news as a messy cultural process, with abrupt turns and setbacks. Major advances in information networks were quickly followed by retreats. Printers would reinvent news, only to fold a year or two later. When newspapers first appeared, a mass readership had to learn how to read brief accounts that provided much less context than the narrative histories with which they were familiar. Pettegree’s history of news suggests that crisis has shadowed journalism from the start. The Invention of News divides the earliest stirrings of modern news into three epochs, starting with the 15th and early 16th centuries, when the printing press spurred the transition from largely private news networks to the earliest forms of public news industries. Next, in the 16th and early 17th centuries, improved communications networks enabled the news to spread faster and to more people at less cost. Finally, in the 17th and 18th centuries, advertising expanded circulations, and Enlightenment ideals brought an empirical approach to news that led it to shed moral overtones.
books  reviews  kindle-available  cultural_history  cultural_change  15thC  16thC  17thC  18thC  Europe-Early_Modern  news  newspapers  publishing  readership  journalism  communication  information  information-markets  Enlightenment  mass_culture  networks-information  public_sphere  disinformation  witchcraft  public_opinion  public_disorder 
april 2015 by dunnettreader
F.A. Hayek - The Use of Knowledge in Society (1945) | Mises Institute
Text of article -- This article was first published in American Economic Review, Vol. XXXV, No. 4 (September 1945), pp. 519–30. -- downloaded as pdf to Note
article  Hayek  Austrian_economics  social_theory  social_order  social_process  emergence  complex_adaptive_systems  coordination  information  information-markets  downloaded 
february 2015 by dunnettreader
Togy Mundy re Amazon pricing fight - THE PRICE OF BOOKS, THE VALUE OF CIVILIZATION | Pandaemonium
Was head of Atlantic Books -- What has got cheaper in that period is information, which has been subjected during the digital revolution to massive deflationary forces. It is now wonderfully easy to find things out. Another by-product, however, is that book pricing (and especially e-book pricing) has been enveloped by this economy of information. To price a book in the way information is priced is based on a rather one-eyed view of its value. As any textbook author will tell you, information is undoubtedly part of a book’s utility. But that is only part of the story. A second purpose is to provide readers with transporting experiences, usually from reading fiction, which enable us to glimpse oursevles in ‘the other’. (The French philosopher Paul Ricoeur said of this: ‘As a reader, I find myself only my losing myself’.)The third thing a book does is impart current knowledge. When TS Eliot asked plaintively in The Rock, ‘Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?’, he was reminding us that these two things are not the same. Knowledge comes from the interpretation of information, experience and facts. It comes from the stories we tell about those things. Perhaps it is the capacity to create these stories that make us human. Generally speaking, ‘Experiences’ and ‘Knowledge’ have also increased in price over the years, yet publishers have been very slow to reflect that in the prices of their physical books, especially their paperbacks. (Since 1994, consumer prices in the UK have risen by around 105%, whereas the price of a paperback novel seems to have increased by around 15%.) Publishers have been slower still to argue that books are a different class of object, and that they should not be priced (or perhaps given away) like information.
21stC  cultural_critique  books  publishing  information-markets  information  humanities  social_sciences  fiction  political_economy 
august 2014 by dunnettreader
The Politics of Systems and Environments, Part II -- TOC | JSTOR: Cultural Critique, No. 31, Autumn, 1995
(1) Introduction (pp. 5-6) William Rasch and Cary Wolfe. *-- (2) Theory of a Different Order: A Conversation with Katherine Hayles and Niklas Luhmann (pp. 7-36) Katherine Hayles, Niklas Luhmann, William Rasch, Eva Knodt and Cary Wolfe. *-- (3) The Paradoxy of Observing Systems (pp. 37-55) Niklas Luhmann. *-- (4) On Environmentality: Geo-Power and Eco-Knowledge in the Discourses of Contemporary Environmentalism (pp. 57-81) Timothy W. Luke. *-- (4) The Autonomy of Affect (pp. 83-109) Brian Massumi. *-- (5) Pre- and Post-Dialectical Materialisms: Modeling Praxis without Subjects and Objects (pp. 111-127) Marjorie Levinson. *-- (6) Adorno, Ellison, and the Critique of Jazz (pp. 129-158) James M. Harding. *-' (7) The Signifying Corpse: Re-Reading Kristeva on Marguerite Duras (pp. 159-177) Karen Piper. *-- (8) Empowerment Through Information: A Discursive Critique (pp. 179-196) Marie-Christine Leps
journal  article  jstor  social_theory  systems_theory  epistemology-social  environment  geopolitics  geography  affect  materialism  Luhmann  Adorno  information  political_participation  subject  objectivity  paradox  EF-add 
january 2014 by dunnettreader
The Politics of Systems and Environments, Part I -- TOC | JSTOR: Cultural Critique, No. 30, Spring, 1995
(1) Introduction: The Politics of Systems and Environments (pp. 5-13) William Rasch and Cary Wolfe [downloaded pdf to Note] *-- (2) Realism/Anti-Realism: A Debate (pp. 15-32) Adam Muller and Paisley Livingston. *-- (3) In Search of Post-Humanist Theory: The Second-Order Cybernetics of Maturana and Varela (pp. 33-70) Cary Wolfe. *-- (4) Making the Cut: The Interplay of Narrative and System, or What Systems Theory Can't See (pp. 71-100) N. Katherine Hayles. *-- (5) Blinded Me with Science: Motifs of Observation and Temporality in Lacan and Luhmann (pp. 101-136) Jonathan Elmer. *-- (6) Systems Theory According to Niklas Luhmann: Its Environment and Conceptual Strategies (pp. 137-170) Dietrich Schwanitz. *-- (7) Why Does Society Describe Itself as Postmodern? (pp. 171-186) Niklas Luhmann. *-- (8) Response to Luhmann (pp. 187-192) Peter Uwe Hohendahl. *-- (9) Immanent Systems, Transcendental Temptations, and the Limits of Ethics (pp. 193-221) William Rasch. *-- (10) Rethinking the beyond within the Real (Response to Rasch) (pp. 223-234)
Drucilla Cornell
journal  article  jstor  social_theory  political_philosophy  metaphysics  metaethics  epistemology  ontology-social  philosophy_of_science  moral_psychology  systems_theory  posthumanism  postmodern  cybernetics  information  narrative  Luhmann  pragmatism  time  subject  objectivity  paradox  critical_realism  EF-add 
january 2014 by dunnettreader
Dirk Helbing & Alan Kirman - Rethinking economics using complexity theory | Real-World Economics Review Blog
Link to RWER paper - Downloaded pdf to Note - See comment to post attacking Complexity Theory that remains attached to a physical world metaphor rather than information flows (including faulty info) and varieties of reactions reflecting different sorts of individuals, institutions and their types of connections

Abstract - In this paper we argue that if we want to find a more satisfactory approach to tackling the major socio-economic problems we are facing, we need to thoroughly rethink the basic assumptions of macroeconomics and financial theory. Making minor modifications to the standard models to remove "imperfections" is not enough, the whole framework needs to be revisited. Let us here enumerate some of the standard assumptions and postulates of economic theory. [List of 7 standard assumptions]
economic_theory  economic_models  complexity  risk  information  institutions  institutional_economics  financial_system  downloaded  EF-add 
november 2013 by dunnettreader

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