The paper will deal with a more-dimensional dilemmatic constellation of postmodern science:

Science on one hand influences everyday life via technological systems more than ever (Giddens), but on the other hand does not provide knowledge that is applicable as such in everyday life (Luhmann). This has to be resolved by the development of a specific communication approach of ”knowledge communication” (which has to be separated from journalism in science and technology).

The phase of late modern development since the middle of the 19th century could be described as the shaping of an ”information society” in which increasingly communication is mediated technologically. The de-personalization and abstraction of communication by the information and communication technologies applied as well to scientific communication. On the other hand, postmodernism is favouring communication modes which refer back to renaissance modes of a new ”humanism” (Toulmin) which are to some extent ”submedial”. That means that knowledge communication in the postmodern setting on one hand has o use the technologies in order to reach the people, on the other hand has to be at the same time compensatory towards the information and communication
technologies.

There are some associations to areas from which knowledge communication under postmodern conditions can participate Museums as low-techniological communication media Problem-driven approaches of a new ”scienceness” New humanistic features of information and communication technologies theselves (like interactivity, hypermedialism).

 

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Knowledge communication as a postmodernistic phenomenon

Gernot Wersig   Freie Universitaet Berlin

The paper will deal with a more-dimensional dilemmatic constellation of postmodern science:

Science on one hand influences everyday life via technological systems more than ever (Giddens), but on the other hand does not provide knowledge that is applicable as such in everyday life (Luhmann). This has to be resolved by the development of a specific communication approach of ”knowledge communication” (which has to be separated from journalism in science and technology).

The phase of late modern development since the middle of the 19th century could be described as the shaping of an ”information society” in which increasingly communication is mediated technologically. The de-personalization and abstraction of communication by the information and communication technologies applied as well to scientific communication. On the other hand, postmodernism is favouring communication modes which refer back to renaissance modes of a new ”humanism” (Toulmin) which are to some extent ”submedial”. That means that knowledge communication in the postmodern setting on one hand has o use the technologies in order to reach the people, on the other hand has to be at the same time compensatory towards the information and communication
technologies.

There are some associations to areas from which knowledge communication under postmodern conditions can participate Museums as low-techniological communication media Problem-driven approaches of a new ”scienceness” New humanistic features of information and communication technologies theselves (like interactivity, hypermedialism).

 

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