Information, Place, and Cyberspace

Information, Place, and Cyberspace

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The use of the term the information age to describe the period that we now fmd ourselves living in is open to misinterpretation. Society has always been based on exchanging information, and our libraries have long been rieh sources of vast of readily available information; it is information technologies that have quantities changed rapidly sinee the invention of the digital computer. These technologies are themselves products of long-term societal processes: The eeonomic desire to shorten the time that lapses between produetion and consumption of eommodities, annihilating space with time; the political desire to control such large-scale sysAs tems as commodity ehains, nations, and the military; and the human desire to libAs erate ourselves from the constraints of our loeal daily lives. They also have had profound effeets on societal proeesses. One of the most widely discussed effeets, and a eonsistent theme of this volume, is that the information age is bringing about the end of geographie al distance as a signifieant baITier ofhuman interaction. This claim underlies prognostications about the information age: That this will be the age of globalization; of the global village; of the liberation of human interAs action from the tyranny of space; of the dissolution of cities and workplaces; of the plugged-in soeiety; and of the surveillance society. If these prognostications were true, then the topie of aceessibility would indeed be a disappearing research pro gram and this book a marker of its disappearance.Hybrid. Information. Spaces. Michael Batty1, and Harvey J. Miller2 1 Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University ... 2 Department of Geography, University of Utah, 260 S. Central Campus Drive Room 270, Salt Lake City UT 841 ... Although geographers have long sought to escape this paradigm through a rich array of perceptions based on ways in ... physical distance or its economic surrogates still provide the basic logic used by geographers to order their world and toanbsp;...

Title:Information, Place, and Cyberspace
Author:Donald G. Janelle, David C. Hodge
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2000-07-26


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