I would say information processing is anthropomorphically "awareness". Recursive information processing, which is stupidly simple and absolutely everywhere, is anthropomorphically "self awareness".
I don't have a definition for consciousness, and I'm not giving concerted effort to thinking one up because it isn't the most pressing thing on my to-think-about list. But if I had to hazard one I'd say "Consciousness is the thing inherent to being that is not bound to specific functions of a thing". (And I realize that it isn't helpful to define something in terms of what it isn't, but that may be as good as it gets.) I don't think that being conscious aids me in writing blog posts. I would never be able to write without being aware, but awareness is a different topic.
Awareness is about participating in chains of causality which we subjectively perceive in an emotionally entangled eye. We passively discard causal chains that we are not emotionally entangled with, and so most of what could be considered aware is never catalogued despite the complex recursive patterns (aka "self awareness") going on at different scales of time and space with unknown relevance to political elections.
Information processing, as it has been realized in this millennium, is an emotionally charged tool for humans to gain insight and power. Information only exists in the presence of emotional bias. A geologist may measure tectonic plate movements with a machine stuck in the ground, and that machine may tick away, encoding integers in its memory, but until a geologist looks at it, those encoded integers are just more stuff happening in the world. It becomes information when it has been seen and deemed significant. Significance is a contrast between emotionally charged stuff and everything else.
We aren't going to gain any insight about consciousness by looking at extremely complex information processors, even if they emulate sex acts, have a jukebox installed in their necks, and look like Jude Law. Information processing is a thing we already understand.