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The Laws of Cool : Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information - Alan Liu

The Laws of Cool

Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information

By: Alan Liu

Paperback Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9780226486994
Number Of Pages: 552

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At the core of this book are an assessment of this new cool and a measured consideration of its potential and limitations as a popular new humanism. According to Liu, cool at once mimics and resists the postindustrial credo of innovation and creative destruction, which holds that the old must perpetually give way to the new. Information, he maintains, is no longer used by the cool just to revolutionize human knowledge - it is also used to resist it. What counts as cool today, however, is too frequently narrow, shallow, and self-centered. The challenge for the humanities, then, is to help redefine cool and to use technology in a way that mediates between knowledge work and a fuller lifework glimpsed in historical lives and works. A study of enormous scope, ambition, and intellect, The Laws of Cool provides an indispensable account of knowledge work today and in the future.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Literature and Creative Destruction
The New EnlightenmentPreface "Unnice Work": Knowledge Work and the Academy
The Idea of Knowledge Work
Ice AgesPreface "We Work Here, but We're Cool"
Automating
Informating
Networking
The Laws of CoolPreface "What's Cool?"
The Ethos of Information
Information Is Style
The Feeling of Information
Cyber-Politics and Bad Attitude
Humanities and Arts in the Age of Knowledge WorkPreface "More"
The Tribe of Cool
Historicizing Cool: Humanities in the Information Age
Destructive Creativity: The Arts in the Information Age
Speaking of History: Toward an Alliance of New Humanities and New Arts (With a Prolegomenon on the Future Literary)
Epilogue
Appendixes
Taxonomy of Knowledge Work
Chronology of Downsizing (Through the 1990s)
"Ethical Hacking" and Art
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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ISBN: 9780226486994
ISBN-10: 0226486990
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 13.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 2