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Making the Information Society: Experience, Consequences, and Possibilities by James W. Cortada

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Chapter 6. Information and Leisure Activities

 

Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.

 
 --MARK TWAIN

Ever watch a Superbowl game? It has to be one of the most information-laden events in American society. The stadium itself is plastered with advertisements along the walls. The electronic scoreboards also have advertisements, but more important, display scores, statistics on various types of performance, and information about the players themselves. The advertisements on television have become national events in themselves and are used to communicate a great deal of information to one of the largest audiences in the world. Then there are the commentators, experts discussing the ...

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