• Do we live in an ‘information society’?

    Author(s):
    Mariana Strassacapa Ou (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Cultural studies, Information science, Library and information science
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Tag(s):
    capitalism, information and politics, technology
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6782T
    Abstract:
    Essay presented in 2016 as fulfillment of requirements for completion of the module INM301 - Library and Information Science Foundation, part of the MSc Library and Information Science course at City, University of London. Abstracts: This brief essay analyses the use of the term ‘information society’ as a description of our contemporary way of living. Initially, it highlights that despite its popularity, the term is actually very difficult to define and highly controversial among scholars. The related ideas of ‘information age’ and ‘information revolution’ are examined. Through the notion of ‘information revolution’, it becomes clear that thinkers of the ‘information society’ can be distinguished between those who stress the newness of our condition, and those who insist on the continuities of broader socio-economic capitalist structures. Central to the argumentation of this essay is Frank Webster’s Theories of Information Society and his idea that ‘There is no novel, “post-industrial” society: the growth of service occupations and associated developments highlight the continuities of the present with the past’ (Webster 2014).
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