chapter  5
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A Comparative Perspective of Information Societies

The literature on the information society underscores the nearly universal nature of the implications flowing from technological change. In the field of communications, the changes brought on by the convergence of computing and telecommunications are said to be reshaping the ways in which families will be entertained and informed, how organizations will be structured and managed, the amount and paths that people will travel, how people will obtain services, how they will work, and the ways people will participate in the governmental process (Dutton, Blumler, & Kraemer, 1987). Most often, these implications are expected to result from certain features of the new information technologies applied to communications, such as their interactivity (Martin, 1974; Rogers, 1986).1