Talk:Information society

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Origin of the concept of the information society[edit]

The paper The origin and development of a concept: the information society studies in depth the origion of the concept of information society. She gives credit to Fritz Machlup who started his work in 1933.

If you can find (working) links that attribute the concept to someone else, please put them in here. --ShaunMacPherson 21:10, 31 Oct 2004 (UTC)

A cursory google suggests that the Umesao mentioned is Umesao Tadao, but I couldn't confirm. -Pronoiac 05:49, 18 April 2006 (UTC)


// inappropriate change of topic sorry, but I had trouble editing the section on "Second and Third Nature" to avoid the box that seems to scroll endlessly to the right. Somebody with better (HTML) editing skills than mine should please fix that; otherwise, thanks for the work, I find it interesting. //rhi —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:59, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

Article far too large and detailed[edit]

This article suffers from having too much information in one or two blocks. It may be well referenced and cite the views of many authors, which is to its credit, but it is not easy to read and I think it could do with summarisation, splitting under different headings or even into different articles. -- S G Gower (talk) 18:35, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

I agree, in that this article reads like an essay and less like an impartial entry. -- J. branson skinner (talk) 18:19, 17 March 2016 (UTC)


I am merging in Informational society which was short, and is redundant. Wxidea (talk) 15:28, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

Immaterial labor[edit]

Hi - not a wikipedian, but hopefully I can contribute something: The article states that theories of immaterial labor (c.f. Negri) ignores the material basis of society, and that immaterial labor refers to cultural artifacts and knowledge alone. Negri's work on the matter with Michael Hardt has several comments on this front that haven't been included in the discussion. Firstly, immaterial labor is an increasingly hegemonic form of labor - that is, it is given special social significance relative to material labor. Under this understanding, immaterial labor is simply one of several forms of labor, and just happens to be currently the one that is given the most social importance. Secondly, immaterial labor is inherent in most forms of material labor - such as in the design process - and vice versa. It is easy enough to think of a CD as containing a lot of immaterial labor in the form of the information encoded on it, but it still has a material basis. The same goes for something as material as a desk, or tin of beans, or a bicycle - these all require a form of immaterial labor in the design process, and without it there would be no object. They are as much cultural objects as the a piece of music. Third, immaterial labor includes affective and social components. This is most obvious in the performances of workers such as therapists, airline hostesses, maids, store greeters, and various types of attendants and so forth that fulfill the emotional and 'comfort' based needs of individuals. Finally, labor, as Negri understands it, is not restricted to waged labor but all forms of labor, paid and unpaid. There is as much immaterial labor performed by a home-maker as there is by a worker in a factory. Not all these points can be reconciled with the information society, but I am sure someone with better wikipedia skills that I could include some of it. References: Hardt and Negri (Labor of Dionysus, 1994), (Empire, 2001), (Multitude, 2005), (Commonwealth, 2009). Most of it is in 'Empire', and although it is a product of both Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, it is heavily based on Negri's theories of post-autonomist labor from the 1970s, albeit it had a different name back then. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:21, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

One information society or many?[edit]

Article begins An information society is a society where the creation, distribution, use, integration and manipulation of information is a significant economic, political, and cultural activity. The aim of the information society is to...

An is many, the information society is one. Which is intended? (talk) 06:03, 14 February 2013 (UTC)