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Communicating in the Information Society

Abstract of the Chapter - Locating the Information Society within Civil Society: The Case of Scientific and Scholarly Publishing, by Jean-Claude Guédon

The phrase “information society” appears innocuous enough; yet, a deeper analysis demonstrates that it involves strategic aims which, in effect, serve to control the political debates surrounding the production, storage and reception of information. The limited, yet symptomatic, case of scholarly and scientific publishing helps to unveil some of these issues. Furthermore, it helps understand how anyone with some concern for the health of civil society might think about the information society and how it relates to civil society. In effect, the question raised is: how do we put the information society in its place?

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