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The Laws of CoolKnowledge Work and the Culture of Information$
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Alan Liu

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226486987

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226487007.001.0001

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Preface “More”

Preface “More”

(p.286) Preface “More”
The Laws of Cool

Alan Liu

University of Chicago Press

There is much “more,” as mentioned in the introduction of this book. If we were to press the phantom “more” or “next” button at this point in this book's argument, we would come to additional topics in the study of knowledge work and information culture. Clearly, this book has not dealt in depth with the effect of information culture on any particular aspect of the group identities discussed earlier. Perhaps most important, this book has focused on the United States and thus does not give due attention to the “world” even while making the “World Wide Web” a case study in post-industrial cool. It is now time to offer up the anthropology of cool in order to start upon the book's concluding topic. That topic is the cultural education of the cool and, correlatively, the future of the humanities and arts in the information age.

Keywords:   knowledge work, information culture, cool, World Wide Web, anthropology, cultural education, humanities, arts, information age

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