The Intimacies of Information

The New Haven Information Society at the Sorbonne Nouvelle

In recent decades, social theorists have proclaimed the advent of an “information age.” “Information” is a keyword of contemporary culture, and information technologies are intimate parts of our daily lives, informing and informing on us. This collective presentation by the Working Group on Globalization and Culture explores the intimacies of information, the secret lives of codes: the dynamics of sharing, disguising, and restricting information; the labors of making, storing, and transmitting information; the intertwining of data, sexuality and emotion; the wars of disinformation and secret intelligence; the contests over access to and control over information, as it is managed, copied, hidden, commodified, corrupted, leaked, and pirated. Information alters our bodies even as bodily information is translated and transcribed in archives and databases. How, we ask, do we live with information, and how do we live without it?

At the ACS conference, Crossroads 2012, the Working Group on Globalization and Culture will present a two-part panel on the “Intimacies of Information.”

The Intimacies of Information #1: Cold Wars

David Minto, “The Spy Who Loved Men”
Tao Leigh Goffe, “Shoot the Piano Player”
Andrew Seal, “Information Overload”
Eli Jelly-Schapiro, “Enclosing/Disclosing”
The Intimacies of Information #2: Representing Information

Drew Hannon, “The Panopitcon in Your Pocket”
Michael Denning, “Accumulating Information”
Andrew Dowe, “Homophobic Intimacies”
Sigma Colon, “We’ve Known Rivers”
“The Intimacies of Information” presented by the Yale Working Group on Globalization and Culture - at Penn State, Monday, April 23, 2012 - 008 Mueller Building

Accumulating Information

by Michael Denning on September 17, 2015