By Orit Halpern
Beautiful Data is either a historical past of massive information and interactivity, and a cosmopolitan meditation on principles approximately imaginative and prescient and cognition within the moment half the 20th century. Contending that our types of cognizance, remark, and fact are contingent and contested, Orit Halpern historicizes the ways in which we're expert, and teach ourselves, to watch and research the realm. Tracing the postwar impression of cybernetics and the verbal exchange sciences at the social and human sciences, layout, arts, and concrete making plans, she unearths an intensive shift in attitudes towards recording and exhibiting details. those replaced attitudes produced what she calls communicative objectivity: new sorts of remark, rationality, and economic system in accordance with the administration and research of information. Halpern complicates assumptions concerning the worth of knowledge and visualization, arguing that adjustments in how we deal with and educate notion, and outline cause and intelligence, also are ameliorations in governmentality. She additionally demanding situations the paradoxical trust that we're experiencing a difficulty of recognition because of electronic media, a difficulty that may be resolved simply via intensified media intake.
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Rather, I have selected figures and practitioners who focused on topics of visuality, storage, cognition, and design. The first chapter serves as an interface to the book and maps the work of Norbert Wiener and his colleagues, particularly in neuroscience and cognitive science at MIT, in relationship to nineteenth-century concepts of recording, memory, sense, and time. The chapter centers on a theme critical to both theories of governmentality and history—the archive. The chapter traces how cybernetic ideas of storage, time, and process reformulated older nineteenth- century concepts of documentation, knowledge, and perception.
The fourth chapter completes the book in a feedback loop by linking the transformations in cognition and perception with governance and rationality to ask how politics and aesthetics are linked through the valorization of beautiful data. , I make a case for the radical reformulation of the very tactics by which bodies, territories, and networks are governed through measurement and attention. S. Information Agency (usia) propaganda and to the staging of Cold War politics. The chapter ruminates on the past to speculate on the inevitability and organization of contemporary forms of war and terror.
Wiener was not naïvely recounting his failures in finding adventure, his inability to excel in the life sciences; rather he was articulating an aspiration for forms of technology—both of thought and machine, or perhaps of thought as a machine—that had not yet come into being when he spoke. 1 A world that, perhaps, speaks to our contemporary fantasies of a data-filled space where every screen is an interface, every diagram a process. But if Wiener attempted to propagate the “new,” it only came into being through the memory traces of the old.
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