Oct 5, 2009

Some definitions of Information Society

The information revolution and the applications of information and communication technologies are fundamental in conceptualizing information society. The concept  has been defined by various authors and writers from different perspective as to how they see it or from the angle from which they see it.
According to Dennis McQuail (1997: 87) in the information society, "information work predominates, and information is the most valuable resource". 
He further notes that the characteristic of information society is an exponential increase in the production and flow of information of all kinds. 
However, one may be forced to ask what information society is?
The following are the definitions as defined by some authors:

1. An information society is a society in which the creation(s), distribution, diffusion, use (of) integration and manipulation of information is a significant economic, political and cultural activity.

2. Information society refers to a situation where information and communication technologies are integrated in industrial production and information dissemination in all fields.

3. Information Society is a term for a society in which the creation, distribution, and manipulation of information has become the most significant economic and cultural activity

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Compiled by: Allotey Godwin Akweiteh