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Lai Ma

 

Publications by Lai Ma (bibliography)

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Day, Ronald E. and Ma, Lai (2011): Rethinking unsaid information: jokes and ideology. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 63-67. Available online

In this paper we investigate two cases of unsaid information -- jokes and ideology. We argue that each presents an understanding of information as constructive of knowledge in the mode of revealing (jokes) or marginalizing and denying (ideology) grammars of understanding that are embedded in language. We suggest that the saying of unsaid information in these cases depends upon techniques, technologies, and institutions that control the revealing or the hiding of these grammars, and further, of discourses built out of these grammars. We contrast this understanding of 'unsaid information' with the understanding of the unsaid within the psychoanalytic concept of the 'unconscious' and in subsequent allied understandings of 'tacit' and 'implicit' knowledge in Knowledge Management theory where, as in the LIS and IS tradition, 'knowledge' and 'information' often refer to quasi-empirical entities and structures of such entities (based on an epistemology of Lockean nave empiricism) -- what we term after others, 'presence.'

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Ma, Lai (2011): Information in our world: epistemological assumptions of concepts of information and research consequences. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 821-822. Available online

'Information' is presumably the object of study in information science research. However, epistemological assumptions of concepts of information and the uses of the term 'information' in information science discourse and their cultural, social, and methodological implications are seldom examined. This study consists in the reconstructive analysis of concepts of information for explicating epistemological assumptions of foundational concepts of information in information science discourse, on the one hand, and for examining the relationship between concepts of information and research method and methodology, on the other. This study also proposes the study of information in our world, that is, rather than information in the, my or your world.

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