What is the difference among: data, information, and knowledge?

"Europe ... he discovered filled with 'information' he had not previously been aware of."

Pursell of the landscape scholar John B. Jackson.

"As material manifestations of social relations, tools are concrete commitments to ceratin ways of doing things and therefore certain ways of dividing power. It is a mistake to think..."

Pursell, p. 218.

Young Indian woman in Madras, weaving at a hand loom.

Fabric produced by child labor worldwide ends up as a source of material for the fasion industry.

Cheap clothing, once produced in the US is now made overseas even more inexpensively.


Three aspects of textiles

1. Mechanization in the textile industry in the 1760s to the 1850s made apparel affordable to a mass market.

2. Technical applications of clock components to sociwty, power looms and the need for control devices in power looms were one source of automation: the computer punch card for example was first use to define a weaving pattern on the power loom in the 18th century.

3. Weaving provided a rich metaphor in our language based on the influence of technology:

warp and woof

Slavery and the issue of Union in the 1850s was "tearing the fabric of society" just before the civil war.


Technology and power


Orientalism and Modernism as Eurocentric redefinitions of power relationships over the rest of the world:

"The Other is always a cultural construction, something we have imagined to better define ourselves."


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