- Title Pages
- Introduction: Literature and Creative Destruction
PART IThe New Enlightenment
- Preface “Unnice Work” Knowledge Work and the Academy
Chapter 1The Idea of Knowledge Work
Part IIIce Ages
- Preface “We Work Here, but We're Cool”
PART IIIThe Laws of Cool
- Preface “What's Cool?”
Chapter 5The Ethos of Information
Chapter 6Information Is Style
Chapter 7The Feeling of Information
Chapter 8Cyber-Politics and Bad Attitude
Part IVHumanities and Arts in the Age of Knowledge Work
- Preface “More”
Chapter 9The Tribe of Cool
Chapter 10Historicizing Cool
Chapter 11Destructive Creativity
Chapter 12Speaking of History
Appendix ATaxonomy of Knowledge Work
Appendix BChronology of Downsizing (Throught the 1990s)
Appendix C“Ethical Hacking” and Art
- Works Cited
The Arts in the Information Age
- (p.317) Chapter 11 Destructive Creativity
- The Laws of Cool
- University of Chicago Press
The rationale of contemporary knowledge work is “creative destruction,” with the emphasis on “creative” and almost no serious reflection on “destruction.” The question of a future aesthetics is the question of the general legitimation of art in such an age of creative destruction. What is the function of the creative arts in a world of perpetually “innovative” information and knowledge work? The special potential of the arts in the age of knowledge work may well be to complement the humanities lesson that “cool has a history” with the crucial inverse of that lesson: history can be cool. Cool à la mode—the cool of the instantaneous present—can no longer be the exclusive obsession of knowledge workers. In the age of “creative destruction,” the sense of history will also need to be cool. This chapter looks at viral aesthetics and the potential of the new aesthetics of “destructive creativity” in the information age.
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