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Coming to Terms I

Coming to terms is one way of raiding the inarticulate. To use Eliot's analogy, the words themselves are the deteriorating equipment. Used and overused, belonging to everyone who employs them differently, they lose precision. The words that get blunted the most, like the ones that preoccupy Sweeney, are the high-level abstractions. Readily recognizable, they stand for so many different experiences that they elude precision. From time to time in this study I will pause to come to terms with high level abstractions that take on special meanings. At the moment, three words that are of this order demand attention. They are technology, information, and knowledge. Since they are crucial to the process of knowledge production, I will pause to say what I understand them to mean and how I will use them.