Info theory

 

Theory and assumptions have both methodological and real-world consequences: what are normally called “core assumptions” or “presuppositions” are expressed in a set of guiding metaphors, terms, and networks of discourse that act as models–whole modeling systems–through which longer arguments, positions, and ideologies can be articulated. For our work, a “method” is formed by the kinds of questions one can ask through the kind of discourse used, and the resulting work that counts as recognizable “output” from an application of the model. As we will see, theories get deployed heuristically–used as discovery procedures–which is largely what a “method” is in many fields.

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About Martin Irvine

Martin Irvine is a professor at Georgetown University and the Founding Director of Georgetown's graduate program in Communication, Culture & Technology. He is interested in a wide range of interdisciplinary topics, including media theory, semiotics, cognitive science approaches to language and symbolic culture, computation and the Internet/Web, philosophy and intellectual history, art theory, contemporary music, vintage guitars, and all things post-postmodern.

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