This article examines information theory from the aspect of its " conduit metaphor. " A historical approach and a close reading of certain texts by Warren Weaver and Norbert Wiener shows how this metaphor was used to construct notions of language, information, information theory, and information science, and was used to extend the range of these notions… (More)
and how this term is embodied in Kling's social infor-matics and in works of other authors, which we identify as belonging to critical informatics. Issues of method and the notion of the empirical are discussed. The importance of such analyses in regard to social life and professional education is discussed.
This article presents European documentalist, critical modernist, and Autonomous Marxist influenced post‐Fordist views regarding the management of knowledge in mid and late twentieth century Western modernity and post‐modernity, and the complex theoretical and ideological debates, especially concerning issues of language and community. The introduction and… (More)
The article explains why the concept of the user in Library and Information Science (LIS) user studies and information seeking behavior is theoretically inadequate and it proposes a reconceptualization of subjects, objects, and their relations according to a model of 'double mediation.' Formal causation (affordances) is suggested as a substitute for… (More)
This chapter has two parts. The first part critiques mentalism in cognitive psychology and Knowledge Management theory's basis in mentalism. The second part proposes a reading of indexical psychology as an alternative to mentalism. The purpose of the chapter is to reposition our understanding of psychological events, including personal knowledge… (More)