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Koopman, C. Information before information theory: The politics of data beyond the perspective of communication
(2019) New Media and Society, . Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1177/1461444818820300

Scholarship on the politics of new media widely assumes that communication functions as a sufficient conceptual paradigm for critically assessing new media politics. This article argues that communication-centric analyses fail to engage the politics of information itself, limiting information only to its consequences for communication, and neglecting information as it reaches into our selves, lives, and actions beyond the confines of communication. Furthering recent new media historiography on the “information theory” of Shannon and Wiener, the article reveals both the primacy of communication in midcentury information theory, and also a striking resonance between these postwar communication theories and Habermas’s more recent communicative theory of democracy. To achieve a critical perspective beyond communication, the article proposes a media genealogy of the politics of subjects as a methodology for developing an analysis of how information formats us as subjects of data. © The Author(s) 2019.

Author Keywords
Communication; data; formats; Foucault; Habermas; infopower; information; Shannon; Wiener

2 thoughts on “Information before information theory: The politics of data beyond the perspective of communication (2019)

  1. Unfortunately, this article announces “old news”. The Communicology movement has provided a rich explicit ion of all these issue, especially the use of Norbert Weiner use of “additive information” [constitutive] versus the Shannon “subtractive in formation” [reduction].
    Go to see Definition page.

  2. Communicology DEFINITION page is on the internet at

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