Information is not wisdom, convergence is not integrity: Proverbs for an era of digital humanism

Academic Article


  • The techno-utopianism of Silicon Valley constitutes a quasi-religious ideology with economic and moral dimensions. While the ‘catechism’ of free market ideology has long historical roots, digital culture adds a moral dimension that equates the development of networked information systems with the achievement of human virtue. This article calls such assumptions into question by positing three guiding ‘proverbs’: Information is not wisdom; Convergence is not integrity; Transparency is not authenticity. Exposition of these proverbs highlights inequities of power and class privilege obscured by techno-utopian rhetoric, and calls for an approach to technological development grounded in the psychology of mature human spirituality.
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    Publication Date

  • September 1, 2016
  • Published In


  • information
  • wisdom
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 355
  • End Page

  • 372
  • Volume

  • 15
  • Issue

  • 3-4