Introduction: What Is the Information Age?


To count is a modern practice, the ancient method was to guess; and when numbers are guessed they are always magnified.

 --Samuel Johnson

The term "Information Age" has now been in so much use in recent years that you are expected to know what it means. It conjures up images of people who make their living solely by pushing information about, such as lawyers and teachers, or programmers and stockbrokers. Others argue that what makes today the Information Age is the fact that so many people rely on computers, especially since the advent of the personal computer and the Internet. Sociologists would have us believe that the Information Age is one in which people are networked together through technology ...

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