The development of technology and the hunger for information has caused a wave of change in daily life in America. Nearly every American's environment now consists of cable television, video cassette players, answering machines, fax machines, and personal computers. Schement and Curtis argue that the information age has evolved gradually throughout the twentieth century. National focus on the production and distribution of information stems directly from the organizing principles and realities of the market system, not from a revolution sparked by the invention of the computer.

Now available in paperback, Tendencies and Tensions of the Information Age, brings together findings from many disciplines, including classical studies, etymology, political sociology, and macroeconomics. This valuable resource will be enjoyed by sociologists, historians, and scholars of communication and information studies.

chapter |20 pages


chapter 1|26 pages

The New Industrial Society

chapter 2|24 pages


chapter 3|32 pages

Information Work

chapter 4|28 pages

Media Environments

chapter 5|42 pages


chapter 6|32 pages

Technological Visions

chapter 7|24 pages

The Information Society as a State of Mind