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Promiscuous KnowledgeInformation, Image, and Other Truth Games in History$
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Kenneth Cmiel and John Durham Peters

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226611853

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226670669.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Promiscuous Knowledge
Author(s):

Kenneth Cmiel

John Durham Peters

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226670669.003.0001

The introduction sets up the main problem of the book, which is to chart a genealogy of the "information age," in particular the changing ways we think about fact, image, and knowledge. The book sets out to provide analyses of media, libraries, and museums, without being a traditional history of any of these. Rather, it examines the production of facts and images as well as the structuring repositories of those facts and images. It pursues a set of inquiries into the historical organization of information and images, in order to better recognize our presumptions by contrasting them with how information and image were discussed in the past. At its core, this is a book about information politics and truth-making as a problem of communication in modernity.

Keywords:   information age, communication, media, libraries, museums, truth-making, image, historical production of knowledge, information politics, modernity

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