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Reframing semiotic telematic knowledge spaces, and the anthropological challenge to designing interhuman relations
Abstract Drawing on Vilém Flusser’s view of the relDrawing on Vilém Flusser’s view of the relationship between humans and the computer (machines), I explore a new ontological framework for our being-in-the-world. I begin by raising critical questions regarding our endeavors and efforts to create endlessly expanding semiotic knowledge spaces based on technological innovation (e.g. Wikipedia or the Universal Electronic Library) in order to reflect on this development from a Flusserian perspective, i.e. as an anthropological challenge to design interhuman relations. By searching for new ontological conditions for humans, technology, and knowledge, I want to probe into responses and new perspectives/models of knowledge sharing. How would we have to rethink the relation between semiotic telematic knowledge spaces and their structure/architecture, and the “concrete given” (our relationships, intersubjectivity, etc.)? What are the consequences of these findings for the macrosocial structures of encounter where knowledge exchange is a key element? Which are the epistemic models most suited to articulate a productive interdisciplinary knowledge exchange? My approach intends to weave knowledge and space, memory, technology, and lived experience into an ontological fabric, and in so doing, place humans and their communicative needs in the center of my considerations. needs in the center of my considerations.
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Conclusion I believe that the institutional and social functions/tasks of the so-called ‘knowledge architects or designers’ who are behind Wikipedia or the Universal Library should be looked at more profoundly, as well.
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Doi 10.1386/tear.6.2.163 1 +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Ren Stettler +
Has domain Philosophy and ethics + , Library science +
Has topic Epistemology +
Issue 2  +
Pages 163-70  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Technoetic Arts +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions It investigates the relationship between human and the knowledge and how this relationship is mediated by technology. It examines Wikipedia as a popular technology mediating this relationship and how it affects knowledge creation and communication.
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Theories The question at stake here is the nature oThe question at stake here is the nature of Wikipedia’s discursive structure. Wikipedia’s structure bears a resemblance to an open communicative system in which – according to the definition of the tree discourse – all kinds of imaginable channels (senders) are crossed and a final receiver of the discourse is excluded. Flusser argues that this aspect is exactly the price of this discursive structure which results in ‘meaninglessness’ and ‘inhumanness’. It is ‘meaningless’ and ‘inhuman’ because there is no actual receiver for the discourse and the distributed information is at best stored in artificial cybernetic memories (Flusser 1996: 26).al cybernetic memories (Flusser 1996: 26).
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Reframing semiotic telematic knowledge spaces, and the anthropological challenge to designing interhuman relations
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Volume 6  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
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Year 2008  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:30:03  +
Categories Epistemology  + , Philosophy and ethics  + , Library science  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:30:53  +
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