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The Art of Interpretation in the Age of Computation
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The Art of Interpretation in the Age of Computation

Paul Kockelman


This book is about media, mediation, and meaning. It focuses on a set of interrelated processes whereby seemingly human-specific modes of meaning become automated by machines, formatted by protocols, and networked by infrastructures—that is, the way computation replaces interpretation, information effaces meaning, and infrastructure displaces interaction. The book asks: what does it take to automate, format, and network meaningful practices; what difference does this make for those who engage in such practices; and what are the stakes? Reciprocally it questions how can we better understand com ... More

Keywords: media, automation, information, computer science, meaning, digital technology, American pragmatism, anthropology, media studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190636531
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190636531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Kockelman, author
Yale University