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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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Promiscuous Knowledge, 1975–2000

Promiscuous Knowledge, 1975–2000

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Promiscuous Knowledge

Kenneth Cmiel

John Durham Peters

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 6 theorizes the authors' understanding of the digital age as the age of "promiscuous knowledge." This involves the challenging and blurring of the line between popular knowledge and expert knowledge, professional knowledge and personal or popular sensibility. But promiscuous knowledge is not just commonsense resistance to formal knowledge, but the ongoing negotiation between elite knowledge producers and those outside the formal system or with no formal accreditation. It is, in short, the simultaneous reliance on and suspicion of expertise. It is, the authors claim, a renewal of the thick flow of facts without the faith in either democracy or progress. This idea is explored with respect to medicine, the law, politics, and digital culture.

Keywords:   digital age, promiscuous knowledge, popular vs expert knowledge, sensibility, accreditation, expertise, suspicion, democracy, law and politics

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