Tag Archives: information

From information overload to silence diet

Cognitive-load theory posits that brains have only so much bandwidth, so to best take in information, you must also limit it. Choosiness improves information intake. Since most of the information we encounter is in the form of words, limiting language … Continue reading

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Handbook of Research on Political Activism in the Information Age

Technology, and particularly the Internet, has caused many changes in the realm of politics. Mainstream media no longer has a monopoly on political commentary as social media, blogs, and user-generated video streaming sites have emerged as an outlet for citizens … Continue reading

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Digital Labour and Karl Marx

How is labour changing in the age of computers, the Internet, and “social media” such as Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter? In Digital Labour and Karl Marx, Christian Fuchs attempts to answer that question, crafting a systematic critical theorisation of … Continue reading

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The Architecture of the Information Society

The Unified Theory of Information considers society a self-organising and information-generating system hierarchically made up of a series of encapsulated subsystems, as there are technology, ecology, economy, polity, culture. Information society is considered to be endowed with the capability of  … Continue reading

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Capitalism or Information Society? The fundamental question of the present Structure of Society

Theodor W. Adorno asked in 1968: What is the fundamental question of the present structure of society? Do we live in late capitalism or an industrial society? In today’s society, we can reformulate this question: What is the fundamental question … Continue reading

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Information and Coherence in Nature – and the Cancer of Human-World Incoherence

The presence of information in natural systems is not limited to genetic information: all aspects of the functioning of the systems that arise and evolve in nature imply the presence of information (where “information” is used in the sense analogous … Continue reading

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Social Information and Self -Organisation

The  re-creation  of  society  involves  the  bottom-up-emergence  of  social information  and the  top-down-emergence  of  individual information.  Social  self-organisation  in  a  broad sense  refers  to  the  re-creation of  society,  in a narrower  sense  it takes  aspects  of  participation  in  the processes … Continue reading

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Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at our Fingertips

The advent of the Internet, with sophisticated algorithmic search engines, has made accessing information as easy as lifting a finger. No longer do we have to make costly efforts to find the things we want. We can “Google” the old … Continue reading

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Dances with Bees: Exploring the Relevance of the Study of Animal Communication to Informatics

This paper describes part of a larger body of theoretical work which provides a new perspective on the nature of informatics, an umbrella term used to stand for the overlapping disciplinary areas of Information Systems, Information Management and Information Technology. … Continue reading

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Collective Information Processing and Pattern Formation in Swarms, Flocks, and Crowds

The spontaneous organization of collective activities in animal groups and societies has attracted a considerable amount of attention over the last decade. This kind of coordination often permits group-living species to achieve collective tasks that are far beyond single individuals’ … Continue reading

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