Hello, all, this is my disembodied voice from March 12, 2009 at approximately 3 PM! I am writing this a week in advance, minus 6 hours, because there’s no way I would actually write anything cogent–much less be awake–at 9 AM, because I am a loser, but future Nicole is a changed woman.
Anyway, things to think about that I don’t feel like elaborating quite yet.
-The system of pattern/randomness being more relevant than absence/presence.
“The very definition of ‘information,’ then encodes the distinction between materiality and information that was becoming important in molecular biology during this period.”
“Abstracting information from a material base meant that information could become free-floating, unaffected by changes in context.”
“As Carolyn Marvin notes, a decontextualized construction of information has important ideological implications, including an anglo-american ethnocentrism that regards digital information as more important than more context-bound analog information”
“My dream is a version of the posthuman that embraces the possibilities of information technologies without being seduced by fantasies of unlimited power and disembodied immortality, that recognizes and celebrates finitude as a condition of human being, and that understands human life is embedded in a material world of great complexity, one on which we depend on our continued survival.”
N. Katherine Hayles