The Information Society: A Study of Continuity and Change / Edition 2

The Information Society: A Study of Continuity and Change / Edition 2

by John Feather
     
 

ISBN-10: 1856042693

ISBN-13: 9781856042697

Pub. Date: 03/01/1998

Publisher: Facet Publishing

"What is information? Who are the information rich and who are the information poor? How can there be equality of access for users in the light of the economic and cultural pressures that are placed upon information gatherers and keepers?" "Set against a broad historical backdrop, The Information Society explores the information revolution that continues to gather…  See more details below

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"What is information? Who are the information rich and who are the information poor? How can there be equality of access for users in the light of the economic and cultural pressures that are placed upon information gatherers and keepers?" "Set against a broad historical backdrop, The Information Society explores the information revolution that continues to gather pace. The commercial value of information becomes increasingly important in a world where data can be transmitted in a split second, information can become a political tool that can be abused as easily as it can be used. In analysing the different threads that make up the information society, John Feather looks at the ethics of information transfer in the context of the social relationship between the citizen and the state." This edition is fully updated to cover the latest research in major contemporary issues within the information society. This look at the information profession and its break-out from the traditional boundaries of librarianship will interest all information professionals. It is also invaluable for students on courses in information, librarianship and communications studies, where an understanding of the nature of the information society is an essential underpinning of more advanced work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781856042697
Publisher:
Facet Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the information society : myth and reality
Pt. IThe historical dimension1
1From script to print3
2Mass media and new technology23
Pt. 2The economic dimension41
3The information market-place43
4Access to information77
Pt. 3The political dimension109
5Information rich and information poor111
6Information, the state and the citizen137
Pt. 4The information profession177
7The information profession : a domain delineated179
Afterword : an information society?207

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