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Promiscuous Knowledge: Information, Image, and Other Truth Games in History

Kenneth Cmiel and John Durham Peters


Promiscuous Knowledge provides a genealogy of the information age from its early origins up to the reign of Google. It examines how we think about fact, image, and knowledge, centering on the various ways that claims to truth are complicated by being passed on to the public and by new modes of circulation, and it offers a backstory to the muddle we face today around facts and truth. Tracing the changing shape of truth from the early modern era and more especially in nineteenth and twentieth century America, the book shows, via many examples and case studies, how cultural arbiters have sought t ... More

Keywords: image and media, museum, internet, information, fact, knowledge, truth, history, photography, mass culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226611853
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226670669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Cmiel, author

John Durham Peters, author
Yale University