😃 What is Infophilia?

Infophilia is a weekly letter about the human love of information. The word comes from the short form use of info for information and the Greek word philia meaning love. This is also one of the places where I’m drawing from multiple disciplines, cultures, languages, and societies, to develop the infophilia theory and framework, an evolutionary, social, positive psychology of information, avant garde research.

The human relationship with information is undergoing profound changes and it can be powerful or problematic in the Age of Information, Creator Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Era of Post-Truth, Posthumanism, Post Normal, and Post-Typographic Society. People are creating and consuming more information than ever. What are human-information connections and cultures across space, time, and more? Are humans just encoded information? How is information power? Is information a drug? How does information affect health? How does information help people live happier, smarter, stronger, and longer? What is infophilia and how can this help well-being and flourishing, human centered research and development, responsible and sustainable growth of innovation and manufacture of knowledge? These are just some of the questions that drive my thinking about the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, and technologies of information beyond its production, creation, distribution, and use. Infophilia newsletter topics range from Artificial Intelligence to Zoom and their impact on human potential, from the rise of digital citizens, digerati and polymaths to integrative interdisciplinary theories and frameworks like infophilic information styles. I am digging beyond the technology pathologies and information disorders, to discover and develop an evo-socio-tech positive psychology of information. Subscribe to get full access to my writings and archive.

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Infophilia topics range from Artificial Intelligence to Zoom and their impact on human potential, from the rise of digital citizens, the digerati and polymaths, to integrative interdisciplinary theories and frameworks like infophilic information styles.

🪬 Who am I?

I am an information sciences professor, trained in interdisciplinary research on two different continents, specialized in multiple sides of the information coin, knowledge organization, information behaviors, systems, human-computer interaction, and an experienced and critical participant of information and communication technologies and cultures. I’m a naturalized American who’s lived most of her life in a planned, technological, coastal, southern California city, founded 50 years ago, in the 1970s; ancestral lands of the Acjachemen who believe they’ve lived here since the beginning of time. Archaeological evidence shows human settlement for 10,000 years. I grew up on the shores of another beach city, part of a large metropolitan area in south India, founded a little under 400 years ago. The archaeological evidence shows human settlement for 80,000 years.

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Information is vital for individual and collective well-being. The accelerating evolution of information and communication technologies is changing humankind. While some people are surrounded by a ubiquitous digital landscape, millions lack basic access. However, our shared, universal human love of information and connections, can be harnessed to build inclusive and sustainable global digital cultures. Join a community with shared interests. I am thrilled to have you on board and excited by our journey together.

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