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Library of Walls: The Library of Congress and the Contradictions of Information Society
In Library of Walls, Samuel Collins engages the heterogeneities of information society at the Library of Congress through ethnographic fieldwork, suggesting that "information society" is best understood at the locus of conflicting modalities imbricating text, space, work and life. During the 1990's, the Library of Congress was beset with challenges to its traditional roles ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Litwin Books
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Absolutely the best hybrid of critical theory and information society studies I have read to date. Whether other works get fixated on the implications of technology, Collins deliberately rejects those leanings and reminds readers that spaces of information still involve people and are very much a product of human achievement, as well as failure. Though dense in use of vocabulary, it is easy enough to Google a definition and build on what Collins is saying. Again, very much worth your time to rea ...more