Friday, July 17, 2015

Separating Historic Culture and Contemporary Science - Cold War Theory in a Communications Text - viz a viz Contemporary Semantics

As corresponding with a study of principles and mathematical models about the electrical sciences -- such that, candidly, I would qualify as it being a really rudimentary study, however guided of a certain, for-profit online university -- I've begun reading a text that presents some fundamental principles of information sciences, namely, The Mathematical Theory of Communication [Kindle][Open Library]. The text is principally by Claude Shannon, with an introduction by Warren Weaver, titled Recent Contributions to the Mathematical Theory of Communication. The text was published in 1963, and unfortunately there is quite a historically dated reference in the Weaver's own introduction.

The DSP42 web log will not presently diverge as though to develop any manner of any ad hoc or either, literally referenced thesis into the political domain -- such as with regards to concepts of national identities, national defense services, or fissile nuclear arsenals. If there must be any such semantic model developed or a thesis of such principally worrisome topis, it may certainly be as well if to include, in such a thesis, a study of the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by the scientists whom originally developed the nuclear sciences into weaponized applications, in the Manhattan Project. It might also be as well if to include, in such thesis, at least a slight reference to the moral, ethical, and psychological circumstances faced by military personnel, specifically around so many policies of nuclear deterrence as had, in any ways, effectively driven the Cold War. The very thought of rehearsing for Armageddon -- it might be as well if such rehearsals could go entirely out of vogue, along with the end of the Cold War.

Though perhaps it might seem as if such topics may all present a novel "Edge" to any manner of a literary interest, it might seem as if such "Edge" merely invites a puerile attention to literature.  The DSP42 web log will not endeavor to present any oversimplifications of any of the political, social, and individually ethical concerns faced by persons in  the major societies of the Cold War -- principally, in albeit an ad hoc summary, that including at least societies of the United States, Russia, and China -- and other world societies not having served as immediate actors in the Cold War.  The topic itself, with regrets, is introduced -- even if in a subtle regards -- in a  text about information science, as denoted previously. Surely, the development of communications technologies, even during the era of the Cold War, has not ever been driven as if exclusively of national intelligence services or the broader national policies and politics of Nuclear Deterrence.

The presence of a note about the cultures of the Cold War, in a text principally about information science, perhaps it invites only a difficult theoretical sidebar. Perhaps Mr. Warren Weaver may have simply wanted to make a metaphor out of the political climate of the times, in referencing concepts of "The Russian" and "Propaganda" in a text principally about communications. Perhaps that could be as well if it would be denoted to a domain of artistic aesthetics, a philosophical domain that Weaver likewise denotes in the introductory text.

It may be furthermore unfortunate that the historic, cultural, and political connotations of such concepts might likewise present a thorough distraction to other fundamental concepts presented in the same text, some of which concepts may bear a marked relevance to contemporary theories and cultures. For instance, Weaver describes three views of communications systems, as in regards to each of  technical, semantic, and effectiveness models about communications, in the same text.

The concept of communications effectiveness, certainly, may entail a sort of an operational analysis, such that may entirely diverge away from any scientifically logical model of communications. Philosophically, an effectiveness view might be subsumed by a semantic view, if the whole thing does not takes on an entirely odd angle, for Weaver's introducing the nightmarish circumstances of the Cold War.

Towards -- singularly -- theoretical concepts of technical and semantic views of communications, thereof the text finds a contemporary relevance -- such that could as well be addressed not only of concerns about national communications data monitoring as in a form of national bulk data collection, but furthermore, concepts of ontology. Likewise, a concept of national defense should be described of such a semantics, however such concepts have been developed of any social institutions.  In no ways does it depart from the domain of "Difficult topics," even if the text's reference to the political theory of the Cold War is wholly outdated, today.

Perhaps it might seem thoroughly ineffective, if the DSP42 web log was to present such concepts -- at any depth -- but would not present any manner of a technically meaningful conclusion. This article itself, clearly, has not developed any illustration of how a federal institution's data collection practices are reflective, essentially, of older concepts of national intelligence. Neither has this article well raised any ethical question to such practices, as to how some of a news from a single person's data piracy event may seem to suggest as though a national intelligence was being altogether run by machines, if the news of the "leaked" pirated data is to be trusted, whatsoever, whether for the bias of the reporting about the "leaked" pirated data, or the bias of the person whom pirated the data, or any other manner of bias, information content, interpretation, meaning, or mere entropic drift under the sun.

Though perhaps it might serve well towards a broader sense of information theory, if any of such concepts may be any more well developed to a thesis, but such concepts may likewise be distinctly difficult to develop. For all of the social and political tensions gathered about the whole entangled mirk and mire of whatever Edward Snowden's pirated "Leaks" had been selected as though to suggest, perhaps the whole thing may indeed stink of a conspiracy theory, but perhaps it may be no more than of a conspiratorial concept developed by the data pirate himself, muddying so many essential concerns of national security and personal privacy. Those concepts, likewise, could as well be addressed before any manner of discussion of any semantic models erstwhile developed, or any discussion of how it may entail a counterterrorism practice by a federal institution, or any criticism of a "Just press play" model of communications analysis.


Difficult concepts, but -- in the opinion of the author of this article at DSP42 -- the last concept in that short list, or rather a sense of personal engagement as perhaps not obviously reflected of it, that is where it may begin to "Be fun," in any humane regards, at least when it is not "Being war."

Communications, surely, may be a broad topic, among all things under the sun.

If anyone may presume of how any agency may ever go forward in any normative manner, as though to support emergent success in development of positive relations with and across communities in otherwise war-torn crisis areas, of course such a theory may seem entirely orthogonal to the previous text. There might not be so much to say about about microblogs, in contrast, however much of communications, communities, and positive humanitarian developments even in crisis areas.