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Mobilizing the Information Society$
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Robin Mansell

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295570.001.0001

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Recapitulating the Themes and Facing the Future

Recapitulating the Themes and Facing the Future

(p.452) 10 Recapitulating the Themes and Facing the Future
Mobilizing the Information Society

Robin Mansell

W. Edward Steinmueller

Oxford University Press

Like the expected energy abundance of the Atomic Age, the flow of information during the Information Age is also expected to become ‘too cheap to meter’, since communication capacity and information exchange has increasingly become available and certain costs have been reduced. The fears associated with the Information Age are grounded on the disruptions and dislocations in the corresponding patterns of knowledge and work due to the introduction of new services and technologies. There is therefore a need to examine the consequences of exclusion, as well as the uncertainties related to the best means for taking advantage of these services and technologies to further human life quality and economic competitiveness. As we summarize the dominant themes in this book regarding the present era, we also have to know what to expect and how we should be taking on future applications.

Keywords:   Atomic Age, Information Age, information exchange, communication capacity, knowledge patterns, economic competitiveness, life quality

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