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Information Society

The information society (IS) refers to current late or postmodern advanced societies at the turn of the 21st century. The use of the singular in this term belies the complexities and pluralities of this concept: There is no one, unified information society. Nevertheless, at the core of the IS model is the organization of social structures around forms of knowledge or information that are increasingly mediated by digital computing processes. For some, this is seen as a radical break from the past, reflected in terms such as information revolution, whereby an entirely new mode of being and production is ushered in. For others, it is a continuation of what has gone before. Responses to the IS range along a spectrum from uncritical acceptance of the ...

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