Postdigital epistemology of ignorance

Alison MacKenzie*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Contrary to common assumptions, ignorance is not simply a state of not knowing or yet-to-be-known. Ignorance can involve substantive epistemic practices that are deliberately induced, cultivated, sustained, or purposefully designed, and which wilfully bring about forgetting, not knowing, or wanting to know what ought to be known. States of ignorance are often closely aligned with oppression, subordination, and exclusion, are socially situated, and arise from unequal and unfair differentials in power. Postdigital epistemic ignorance is concerned with how these practices manifest in the online environment along with digital devices and technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe encyclopedia of postdigital science and education
EditorsPetar Jandrić
ISBN (Electronic)9783031354694
ISBN (Print)9783031354694
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2023

Publication series

NamePostdigital Science and Education


  • postdigital
  • epistemology
  • epistemic ignorance
  • standpoint theory
  • social media


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