October 1996

Root Page of Article: Coming Out of the Closedt World, by John Horberg

Historical Framework

Edwards' pointing to other hegemonic historiographies as reductive -- with "little place in such accounts for the influence of ideologies, intersections with popular culture, or political power," may well open up space for The Closed World's counterhistory. Still, Edwards' framework is no more egalitarian or free from bias than any other possible truth we might care to entertain.

Of course Edwards recognizes this himself as he writes, "By exploring not the history of computers and computer metaphors, but a history, constructed as a counterpoint to those the field itself has generated, this book attempts to shift the focus of historical inquiry from the power of computer technology and the truth of cognitive science to their meaning for political and cultural identity."

Seems reasonable, but please take it with a grain of non-authoritative salt. ^

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