ABSTRACT

This session discusses a general view of sociological work, drawing on recent approaches on the ‘philosophy’ of information and communication systems and its theoretical links to social theory. It reviews different arguments about information technology and reexamines contemporary ideas about social theory. This chapter concludes, first, that the post industrial society derives from different scientific and societal traditions and as such accumulates and reflects power and in the end creates a new political and societal condition. Secondly, at the same time it should be noted that information systems are much more a condition of human action instead of a tradition, which serve as the pathmaker for modernity. Finally, rethinking sociological work as it is, and developing concepts as model simulation are the next steps in sociology, as suggested.