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

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Chapter 12. Learning More About Info-America

 

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

 
 --SAMUEL JOHNSON, 1775

The bibliography on the role of information in the United States is immense yet fragmented. It is immense because of the number of aspects one has to look at, aspects ranging from histories of IBM to vacationing practices, from religious themes to public policy. It is fragmented because the study of information as a feature of any society is not yet a recognized field, although much has been done on the subject. This is particularly the case with regard to the use of digital data, the role of books, newspapers, radio, and television, and now a growing body of literature about ...

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