What is Information Society? What is the role of information in human behavior, organization, and society? Sociology of the information society, in particular the social-cultural, political, and organizational aspects.
We are beginning to live in an "information economy" and an "information society" - we are entering an "information age." - Tom Forester
"Information society is enslaved in its freedom." - vpr
The crucial point about a post-industrial society is that knowledge and information become the strategic and transforming resources of the information society. - Daniel Bell
"Human societies have seen four distinct revolutions in the character of social interchange: speech, writing, printing and now telecommunication. Each revolution is associated with a distinctive, technologically-based, way of life." - The Social Framework of the Information Society, (Bell 1989).
Now we have moved into a global information economy and identify societies that have bridged the digital divide, such as the United States, Japan, Germany, and other nations with an informed way of life as information societies.
In the study of information society we try to understand the complex relationship between technological change, its effect upon social divisions, its consequences for social action and the emerging strategies for social inclusion in the Information Age.
Definitions of the Information Society: Webster bundles definitions of the information society into five categories - Technological, Economic, Occupational, Spatial and Cultural.
Geographers stress the importance of the spatial features of an information society. John Goddard identifies 4 elements in the transition to an information society:
Acacia Initiative - The idea of Acacia emerged at the 1996 Information Society and Development Conference, the first event of its kind held in a developing country, South Africa, and was thus closely associated from the outset with efforts by developing countries, particularly in Africa, to ensure that their voices would help shape the Global Information Society.
End of Millennium : The Information Age, Economy,
Information Society and Culture
What Information Society?
Theories of the Information Society (The International
Library of Sociology)
The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1986.