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Publisher Description

An information society is defined as one where commerce in information is a characteristic activity. Yet, because this commerce has historically been coupled to advances in information communication technologies, the question of what constitutes an artifact of information--a document--becomes complex. Simultaneously, it gives rise to questions surrounding the human interaction with information: questions of creation, distribution, use, preservation, and loss. Such questions have traditionally been the province of the library and archival professions, which have experienced tremendous technology-driven upheaval within the past forty years. Librarians are few in Geoff Ryman's novels--the sole exemplar in the three under consideration here thoroughly embodies the dusty stereotype of a guardian of information so devout that she would prefer that the books never be used--yet the impact of information technologies on human societies in The Child Garden, Air, and The King's Last Song are as dramatic as those experienced not only by information professions in the past forty years, but by human societies in general, including an increasing proportion of the developing world.

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2008
June 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
40
Pages
PUBLISHER
Extrapolation
SELLER
The Gale Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation and an affiliate of Cengage Learning, Inc.
SIZE
231.2
KB

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