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ExperimentingEssays with Samuel Weber$
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Simon Morgan Wortham and Gary Hall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228140

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228140.001.0001

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Surfing Technics: Direction and Dispersion in the Age of Information

Surfing Technics: Direction and Dispersion in the Age of Information

(p.102) Chapter 4 Surfing Technics: Direction and Dispersion in the Age of Information

Simon Morgan Wortham

Gary Hall

Fordham University Press

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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