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News from Nowhere Thinking about the New Information Order

News from Nowhere Thinking about the New Information Order Information has become a strategic resource, a factor of production along with land, labour and capital. In some ways it rivals the money form as vector of value and means to power and influence in the new order. Narrowing the definition of information to mean a usevalue which conveys knowledge about the world and excluding bits, bytes and digitized transactions such as money transfer, brings us to the dynamic, booming tradeable information sector of the economy. This new area of growth can be seen as the precursor, in embryonic form, of a new mode of production. Just as the spinningwheel and steamengine epitomize earlier phases of industrial development, so the computer and its network links to the outside may herald a new form of social organization, albeit coexisting within earlier modes for the forseeable future. The emerging informeconomy exists, of course, in the real world of market relations, recession and global corporations. The backdrop is the economic equivalent of World War III, where only the toughest survive, be it in steel, cars, electronics or agricultural commodities. Where do libraries and information centres fit into this picture Do we stand in relation to this process like the declining cornershop of the information world, confronted with the rise of the super, mega and hypermarket In the world of privatized consumption, spectacular domination, will the still small voice of humanistic culture survive http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Library World Emerald Publishing

News from Nowhere Thinking about the New Information Order

New Library World , Volume 93 (3) – Mar 1, 1992

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0307-4803
DOI
10.1108/eb055669
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Abstract

Information has become a strategic resource, a factor of production along with land, labour and capital. In some ways it rivals the money form as vector of value and means to power and influence in the new order. Narrowing the definition of information to mean a usevalue which conveys knowledge about the world and excluding bits, bytes and digitized transactions such as money transfer, brings us to the dynamic, booming tradeable information sector of the economy. This new area of growth can be seen as the precursor, in embryonic form, of a new mode of production. Just as the spinningwheel and steamengine epitomize earlier phases of industrial development, so the computer and its network links to the outside may herald a new form of social organization, albeit coexisting within earlier modes for the forseeable future. The emerging informeconomy exists, of course, in the real world of market relations, recession and global corporations. The backdrop is the economic equivalent of World War III, where only the toughest survive, be it in steel, cars, electronics or agricultural commodities. Where do libraries and information centres fit into this picture Do we stand in relation to this process like the declining cornershop of the information world, confronted with the rise of the super, mega and hypermarket In the world of privatized consumption, spectacular domination, will the still small voice of humanistic culture survive

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New Library WorldEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1992

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