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The Mode of Information: Poststructuralism and Social Contexts

The Mode of Information: Poststructuralism and Social Contexts

Mark Poster

ISBN: 978-0-745-60327-8

Jan 1991, Polity

208 pages

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$24.95

Description

In this path-breaking work, Mark Poster highlights the nature of the newly emerging forms of social life, in the current era. The flexibility of language which the computer allows makes the written word less certain and less concrete. The result of these changes, Poster argues, is a new communication experience, an interaction between humankind and a new kind of reality.

Poster discusses the addictive properties of television and arcade video games, as well as the surveillance possibilities which the new communication technologies offer the state. His wide-ranging analysis incorporates the new language-based theories of mathematics, philosophy and literature in Wiener, Derrida and Barthes, among others.

This work is a major new contribution to the debate surrounding the future of electronically mediated-experiences.

Introduction: Words Without Things.

1. The Concept of Postindustrial Society.

2. Baudrillard and TV Ads.

3. Foucault and Data Bases.

4. Derrida and Electronic Writing.

5. Lyotard and Computer Science.

Notes.

Index.

'Poster has begun to theorize a very significant topic.' Sociology
* This book is a major new contribution to debates about modernity and post-modernity, emphasising the influence of electronic communication. * Poster highlights the emergence of a new communication order, an interaction between humankind and a new kind of reality. * The book presents an imaginative analysis of a new concept - the mode of information - replacing the more familiar mode of production .