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Surfing Technics: Direction and Dispersion in the Age of Information

Simon Morgan Wortham and Gary Hall

in Experimenting

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228140
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240975 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823228140.003.0005
Surfing Technics: Direction and Dispersion in the Age of Information

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Samuel Weber's work is a sustained effort to disrupt such distinction between the practical, philosophical, political, and the ingrained figures that support them. One might say that the theoretical movement of Weber's work is unsettling because it neither relies on a fixed direction nor lacks direction. Weber has written extensively on contemporary issues like technology and media. His writings move through rhetoric in which movement, direction, and dissemination are “brought-to-the-fore.” The notions of media and information technologies continue to be defined by figures of direction, concentration, and dispersion. The figures of directionality and its conventional opposites like drift and dispersion are present in the very formations of information theory, on which our conceptions of information continue to rely. In Wiener's formulation, the information becomes precisely a matter of having direction, a purpose, and destination. Information that does not have a direction or purpose is not information at all.

Keywords: Samuel Weber; information; direction; technology; media; concentration; dispersion; purpose

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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