Information society as a global policy agenda: What does it tell us about the age of globalization?

Gili S. Drori*

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Abstract

The issue of information society commands worldwide attention: diverse constituencies work at closing the gaps in access to and in use of digital technology. Why are such efforts directed specifically at the issue of the information society? In this article I argue that the redirection of world society's attention towards this issue is related to the correspondence between the dimensions of globalization and those of the field of information and communications technologies. Specifically, I highlight five such shared dimensions: economic transactions, political relations, globality, networks, and world norms. In this way, the theme of information society was quickly defined as a global social problem because it corresponds to the themes of the era of globalization. I also argue that while various realist theories of globalization focus solely on the dimensions of economic and political transactions, world society theory expands on these by highlighting the cultural and institutional dimensions of globalization.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)297-316
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Comparative Sociology
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Global digital divide
  • Globalization
  • Information society
  • World society

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