A framework for understanding the nature of computers and information

Basden, A 2008, 'A framework for understanding the nature of computers and information' , in: Philosophical Frameworks for Understanding Information Systems , IGI Global, pp. 174-223.

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Chapter 5: "What is a computer?" and "What is information?" are questions that the reflective user will sometimes ponder. These questions do not refer to what the computer means to us, subjectively (or intersubjectively) nor as enabling particular applications, whether controlling or emancipatory in nature; those issues were addressed in chapter 4. What is at issue is the nature of the computer regardless of application and of (inter-)subjective meaning. What is it that differentiates computer from, for example, mechanical machine or electronic gadget on one hand, or from other information technology such as writing, printing, film or video on the other? Pre-theoretical experience continues to assert that there is a difference.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Basden, A
Additional Information: Final draft of book chapter
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Publisher: IGI Global
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781599040387
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: A Basden
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 16:16
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 15:21
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/31434

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