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Holding On to RealityThe Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium$
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Albert Borgmann

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780226066257

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.001.0001

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Introduction Information vs. Reality

Introduction Information vs. Reality

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(p.1) Introduction Information vs. Reality
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Holding On to Reality
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.003.0001

This book brings into light the unique association of information about reality that without reports and records, the gain of experience immediately follows into the darkness of ignorance and forgetfulness. Along with the information that unveils what seems to be distant in space and remote in time, the information that exists allows reality to be transformed and made richer, both materially and morally. Information technology has produced an enormous increase in freedom to select information. The farther reaches of reality and the cultural landmarks that used to lend it coherence are being swept off their foundations by information technology. If information is not the medium of an overwhelmingly new culture, it is at least the entering block that permits indigenous cultures to leak away and disappear.

Keywords:   information, reality, ignorance, information technology, coherence

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