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This penetrating book raises questions about how power and resistance operate in contemporary society. Scott Lash argues that critique must take place from within information flows, rather than from the safety of `academic detachment' and that information is power. The book identifies a central contradiction of the information society, that is, the more intelligent and rational that the information society becomes, the more irrational may be the consequences. Written by one of the most celebrated commentators on power and culture, the book is a major testament on the prospects of intellectual life in an age dominated by seemingly inexhaustible, global flows of information.

The Disinformed Information Society
The disinformed information society

What is at stake in the information society? At issue are two types of information. Let us address the first type of information: it is inscribed in a problematic of rationality of intelligence. It is inscribed in a problematic of knowledge: of knowledge-intensive production with increasingly intelligent machines and information-rich goods and services. This first type of information has to do with the fact that at stake is a knowledge-intensive society not a work-intensive society. Knowledge, not material production, is the key. The information society is a knowledge society. It deals with the stuff of discursive knowledge. Discursive knowledge is analytic knowledge. It is based on abstraction, on selection, on simplification, on complexity reduction. Training in the information society ...

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