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Information Society

  • By: Brian Ceh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Today, more people are exposed and have access to more information than anytime in the past. This situation results from the information economy. Easy access and ample exposure to information has reshaped modern societies, permeated everyday life, and now influences the decisions people make and the opportunities they seek. There are even world summits that solely address the issues of an information society. Yet not everyone has equal access to information, and geographic patterns of information access have emerged. In effect, areas of higher economic development typically have greater exposure and access to information than lagging areas. This trend is true at the global, national, or regional scale. Some regions and urban places are tied to the information network to a greater extent than others, ...

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