Until quite recently, information was something you could learn from looking at the clouds – a red sky in the morning warns of bad weather – or from tales passed on by your mother, or from flipping the pages of an encyclopedia. Only during the twentieth century did information become central to the social, political and economic organization of life and only late in that century did information become inextricably linked with technology. We still learn from the clouds and from our parents, of course, but these sources are often seen as less central to modern life, less adequate than today's more codified forms. In today's globalizing world the newer sense of information as coded, commodified and computer-compatible ...
A Sociology of Information
A sociology of information