Author Archives: Rafael Alvarado

The Transduction of Culture (Outline)

  1. Intro­duc­tion
    1. A gen­er­al, oper­a­tional the­o­ry of cul­ture that would encom­pass the cur­rent era of Big Data and demon­strate the DH per­spec­tive.
  2. Trans­duc­tion
    1. Trans­duc­tion as the trans­fer of infor­ma­tion in causal­i­ty
    2. Rela­tion­ship to oth­er def­i­n­i­tions (physics, biol­o­gy, log­ic, tech­nol­o­gy, etc.)
    3. The role selec­tion and muta­tion
    4. Mem­o­ry and mate­ri­al­i­ty
    5. Mon­ads
  3. Infor­ma­tion
    1. Infor­ma­tion defined
    2. Infor­ma­tion is sub­ject to laws
    3. Infor­ma­tion and ener­gy
  4. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion
    1. Shan­non
    2. Decom­pose the mod­el
    3. The role of trans­duc­tion in the mod­el
    4. Trans­duc­ers as Tur­ing Machines
    5. Saus­sure
    6. Wiener
  5. Ontol­ogy
    1. Gen­er­al­ized mod­els (used as a “dia­gram­mar” through­out the book)
  6. Medi­a­tion
  7. Exchange
  8. Cul­ture
    1. Cul­ture noto­ri­ous­ly hard to define
    2. Where is cul­ture?
    3. The role of ontol­ogy
    4. The trans­fer of ontol­ogy
    5. The mimet­ic sit­u­a­tion
    6. Trans­duc­tive plas­ma
    7. Trans­duc­tive medi­a­tion
    8. Thick medi­a­tion
  9. Rit­u­als, Books, and Data­bas­es
    1. Rit­u­als and Gov­er­nance
    2. Def­i­n­i­tion
    3. Mod­els
    1. Lit­er­a­cy, nation­al­ism and the pub­lic sphere
      1. Anderson’s mod­el
    2. The Inter­net
      1. Thick medi­a­tion
      2. Cybarites
      3. Con­ta­gious Mime­sis
      4. Social action in the data­s­phere
    3. The Data­s­phere
      1. The acci­den­tal Inter­net
      2. Not the net­worked soci­ety — the data­based soci­ety
      3. The rise of the data­base
      4. Data and spheres of exchange
      5. The cos­mol­o­gy of data sci­ence
  10. Trans­duc­tive medi­a­tion
  11. Philo­soph­i­cal Obser­va­tions
    1. Machine Mime­sis and Machinec­do­tal Knowl­edge
      1. Data has become that which can be pro­duced, exchanged, and con­sumed by machines
      2. Machines as sub­jects
      3. The machinec­do­tal: Black box­es mean a return to the arbi­trary; a new kind of sub­jec­tivism
    2. A Return to Rit­u­al
  12. Loose Ends
  13. Ref­er­ence
    1. The The­o­ry of Ety­mons
    2. The Risk of Ref­er­ence
    3. The Bind­ing of the Ref­er­ent
    4. Com­par­a­tive Ontol­ogy
    5. Quan­ti­ta­tive Struc­tural­ism

CONCEPTS

  • Ele­men­tary
  • Trans­duc­tion
  • Infor­ma­tion
  • Medi­a­tion
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion
  • Exchange
  • Net­works
  • Co-occur­rence
  • Data
  • Ref­er­ence
  • Com­plex
  • Bayesian Net­works
  • Social Neur­al Net­works
  • Spheres of Exchange
  • The Social Medi­um