'The information revolution': taking a long view

Bissell, Chris (2011). 'The information revolution': taking a long view. In: Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds. Perspectives on Information. Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science. New York, NY, U.S. and Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge, pp. 21–35.

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This chapter takes a critical look at the notion of ‘the information revolution’, setting it in a historical context, and examining why each word in the phrase is problematic. Technological utopian claims for a range of technologies are considered, and caution –even scepticism – is advised when encountering them.

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