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Opening and Closing : Cambridge Topics in Geography Series - Orrin E. Klapp

Opening and Closing

Cambridge Topics in Geography Series

Paperback

Published: 26th March 1979
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In this original application of information theory to social analysis, Orrin Klapp examines how and why societies are producing more stress than they ever can handle. He argues that the reduction of 'social noise', the chaos from which we try to construct meaning is a major goal of individuals and groups alike. Individuals, groups, even entire societies normally cycle rhythmically between two basic modes of adaptation to the constant communication flow: opening, or scanning for desired information; and closing, or defending against noise. For example, in a society functioning in the opening mode, movements like ecumenicism and expansionism achieve momentum. Extreme reactions in either mode lead to an opposite swing, according to Professor Klapp's model. His wide-ranging conceptual scheme incorporates hypotheses about the variety and redundancy of information, as well as about human channel capacities and the need for homeostatis. His research reveals intriguing relationships among such phenomena as the concern about industrial population and the search for ethnic roots.

Preface
Social noise
Opening and closing in open societies
The feast of the media
When information turns to noise
Entropic communication
Good redundancy: identity as playback
Theory of opening and closing
Movements and possibilities
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521293112
ISBN-10: 0521293111
Series: Cambridge Topics in Geography Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 26th March 1979
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36