The term “adherence of information” or “information adherence” describes the existential dependency of information on a (physical) medium.

The expressionadherence of information” or “information adherence” describes the axiomatic statement that the existence of information is always dependent on the binding to a (physical) medium, information thus, as it were, only exists within a media vessel. Information can only exist in a medium. Information is therefore in principle not able to exist autonomously.

Ethymology: The terms “adherence to information” or “information adherence” were coined as part of the “Digital Era Framework“.

Background: Even within the infosphere, information is dependent on the medium, it exists only within a media vessel. Information is bound to a medium and therefore basically not existentially autonomous. This existential dependency is called the “adherence of information”.

From the axiomatic statement expressed by the principle of “adherence of information” it follows that information, which is part of the infosphere, always adheres to an element of the entisphere or the cognisphere and in this respect is also part of this sphere. This creates a demarcation problem between the entisphere and the infosphere. This is resolved by the fact that the elements to which the information is attached are regarded in their function as media. In such a functional view, its characteristicum as a physical object recedes behind that of the information carrier.

How to Cite

The definition given above was proposed as part of the Digital Era Framework by Dr. Dr. Jörn Lengsfeld. The text was first published in: Jörn Lengsfeld: Digital Era Framework. Please refer to the original publication if you want to cite the text.