Abstract - The Information Society 12(4)

The demise of meaning-making and social agency as critical concepts in the rhetoric of an information age

C Suzanne Iacono

Regardless of whether one agrees with the appropriateness of such labels as the Information Age or the Information Society, their ubiquitous use signals and frames the collective experience of who society is and what society should do in this particular time and place in history. From information acquisition and anxiety to information warfare and weapons, there are few areas of social life that are left untouched by the mechanistic and instrumental rhetoric of computational information processing and the associated ways humans traffic and trade in it.

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