Monday, April 25, 2011

5 Myths About the 'Information Age'

Robert Darnton. "5 Myths About the 'Information Age'," The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle Review 57, Issue 33:B9.

Confusion about the nature of the so-called information age has led to a state of collective false consciousness. It's no one's fault but everyone's problem, because in trying to get our bearings in cyberspace, we often get things wrong, and the misconceptions spread so rapidly that they go unchallenged. Taken together, they constitute a font of proverbial nonwisdom. Five stand out:

1. "The book is dead."
2. "We have entered the information age.
3. "All information is now available online."
4. "Libraries are obsolete."
5. "The future is digital."

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From: The Chroncile of Higher Education, April 22, 2011.

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