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Information Please: Culture and Politics in the Age of Digital Machines
by Mark Poster
Information Please advances the ongoing critical project of the media scholar Mark Poster: theorizing the social and cultural effects of electronically mediated information. In this book Poster conceptualizes a new relation of humans to information machines, a relation that avoids privileging either the human or the machine but instead focuses on the structures of their in ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 30th 2006 by Duke University Press Books
(first published 2006)
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In Information Please, Mark Poster asks how information works differently when it is mediated through digital machines, arguing that much cultural theory has ignored the importance of specific media in understanding subjectivity, relations among people, and culture (4). He begins with the basic contention "that information increasingly appears in complex couplings of humans and machines" (9). One important aspect of this coupling for Poster is a "new hermeneutic, one that underscores the agency ...more