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ERIC Number: ED180018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
The Information "Revolution": Information, Communications and Culture.
Ostry, Bernard
Today's communications systems and technology facilitate the erosion of cultural differences, threatening cultural sovereignty. In the fifteenth century, the first information revolution created the concept of the nation-state with its unique cultural identity. The technology of the second information revolution, which has advanced video broadcasting and computer information processing, threatens that cultural identity by weakening the nation-state concept on which world order and international institutional structures are founded. This is especially apparent in Canada, where the cultural heritage of the Quebec French Canadians is being bombarded by noncultural information. The technology of the information delivery system is most highly developed over the North American continent, and the resources of the program production industry in the United States are overwhelmingly greater than Canadian resources. Canada and other concerned nations in today's communication environment must respond by redoubling efforts toward creating environments that allow national culture to flourish. The International Institute of Communications, whose members come from both developed and developing countries, is excellently structured to provide a forum for dealing with the growing pains that result from this second information revolution. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Institute of Communications (London, England, September 9-13, 1979)