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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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Transparency and Control

Transparency and Control

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(p.166) Chapter Thirteen Transparency and Control
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Holding On to Reality
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.003.0014

Technological information ensures that if properly linked with reality on the input side, the rigor of its algebra will faithfully preserve and process meaning and yield reliable and valuable information on the output side. Technological information is a marvel of permanence, perspicuity, and pliability. It promises to render reality not just perspicuous or surveyable but altogether transparent. Transparency seems to be the perfection of information about reality. The lessening of the transparency occurs at the operational level of technological information where scientists use high-level computer languages, computer graphics, and software packages. Control and the consequent sophistication of technological devices constitute the type of prosperity that is characteristic of the postmodern era.

Keywords:   technological information, reality, permanence, control, perspicuity

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