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September 2015 (published: 14.09.2015)
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Post-industrial society and the impact of information flows on the quality of life
Polatayko S.V. , Galimova A.M.
The article discusses the growing importance of information in modern society and its influence on the formation and transformation of the global economic space. Increasing dependence of modern society in information technologies leads to the dual nature of the consequences. On the one hand, the availability and openness of information helps to simplify and improve the economic, educational, organizational processes; to maintain high level of integrity and interdisciplinary knowledge. On the other hand, information flows are recently becoming a crucial factor in social behavior. Gaining access to information becomes a goal in itself rather than being a mean to achieve something else. The article presents a comparative analysis of the concepts of post-industrial and information society; explores the differences between them and the grounds on which the "information" becomes a central concept in social reality modelling; identifies structures of decision-making in global information society, The main thesis of the article is that the displacement of real economy by the market of services and information technologies entails not only the restructuring of economic relations but the generation of a simulative reality of a special kind in which "real" only a symbolic element.
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Keywords: post-industrial society, information society, information, economic growth, quality of life, consciousness, choice.
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