Information Society

Authored by: Frank Webster

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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The author problematizes the popular notion of “information society,” and demonstrates that the concept is vague and imprecise, even of dubious value. It may be, therefore, that a good deal of policy today is premised on somewhat shaky foundations. Five different definitions of an information society are presented, each of which presents criteria for identifying the new. These criteria are technological, economic, occupational, spatial, and cultural. The concepts of information and of theoretical knowledge are also addressed within the larger discussion.

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