The European Information Society: A Reality Check by Jan Servaes

By Jan Servaes

The globalisation of social, cultural and fiscal kinfolk is facilitated, and even as conditioned via advancements within the info and communications applied sciences (ICT) and infrastructure. Human wisdom introduced mankind from an oral to a literate tradition, because of the discovery of print media. the improvement of digital media within the final century prepared the ground for the knowledge age, during which spatial and temporal constraints are lifted.

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Commission of the European Communities (1996b), Living and working in the information society: People first (Green Paper COM (96) 389). Brussels: European Commission. Commission of the European Communities (1996c), The implications of the information society for the European Union – Policies preparing the next steps. Brussels: European Commission. Commission of the European Communities (1997a), Building the European information society for us all – Final report of the high-level expert group. Brussels: Directorate-General for employment, industrial relations and social affairs.

Certainly, we can find some clear echoes and borrowings from the work of Daniel Bell in the information society discourses favoured by the political and industrial elites in Europe. ) One core example is the determinist view that changes in the technological infrastructure and in the division of labour are inherently transformative, liberating and presumed to lead to a significant reduction in material ‘scarcity’ or needs. The growth of jobs defined as information or knowledge-intensive is deemed to lead to much greater individual autonomy and power in the workplace.

Thirdly, it is suggested that funding may be provided under the FP4 for ‘certain cultural projects involving ‘international cooperation activities’, particularly with the Mediterranean countries. European Union ICT Policies 47 Finally, we may note that the EU’s main educational exchange and training programmes, SOCRATES and Leonardo da Vinci , do provide funding particularly for projects in the field related to the arts and culture. These include educational projects in schools on cultural themes and projects to raise cultural awareness, and indeed language learning.

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