Political participation

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Title: Political participation
Authors: Komito, Lee
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10270
Date: 16-Sep-2004
Online since: 2019-05-02T08:23:08Z
Abstract: There has been an Information Revolution and we are either living in an Information Society or are about to enter an Information Society. At least, so proclaim newspaper and magazine articles, as well as television and radio programmes. Popular books describe the ‘death of distance’(Cairncross 1997) as well as the ‘third wave’ which is coming after the agricultural and industrial ‘waves’ (Toffler 1980), and newspapers and magazines are zealous in their discussion of new gadgets and the transformation (sometimes good and sometimes bad) that these technological marvels herald. Academic writers are less certain, with some arguing that current technologies are leading to economic and social transformation (Castells 1996; Poster 1990) while others (Schiller 1985; Wood 1997) argue that the Information Revolution is just the Industrial Revolution with a few new frills. Some have argued that new technologies will lead to freedom and empowerment (Bell 1973), while others have drawn attention to these technologies increasing the power of states or multinational corporations, at the expense of individuals (Lyon 2002; 1994; Lyon and Zureik 1996). This book is not intended to be an exhaustive or definitive discussion of the digital revolution or the Information Society, nor is it intended to proclaim or denounce the new Information Society. However, whether there is a new economic, political, and social order emerging, or not; whether the new order is beneficial or detrimental to citizens; all agree that significant changes are taking place. Often, however, it is as though we are all bystanders, watching change taking place, with very little public participation in the process. The central issue in this book is that technology, including the new information and communications technology linked with the Information Society, is not a force external to society and beyond the control of society; technology is an integral part of society and is acted upon and altered by social forces (Winner 1977; Williams 1974).
Funding Details: University College Dublin
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: UCD Press
Keywords: Information SocietyEconomic and social transformationDigital revolutionInformation technology
Other versions: https://www.ucdpress.ie/display.asp?K=9781904558071
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Komito, L. The Information Revolution and Ireland: prospects and challenges
ISBN: 9781904558071
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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