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The Discourse of the Information Age

  • Author / Creator
    Keenan, Andrew
  • This thesis examines the discourse of the information age and its influence on information literacy and social networking websites. The information age proposes that society has been dramatically changed by the recent advancements of information and information technology. The information age is a ubiquitous concept, manifesting specifically in two areas: library and information studies (LIS) and social networking websites. Information literacy, the American Library Association’s education strategy for the information age, empowers library patrons with information skills to participate in the emerging era. Social networking websites (Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter) represent information- based businesses like those predicted by information age theorists. This thesis concludes that the arrival of the information age is impossible to discern, but the influence of information and information technology is significant.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Masters of Library and Information Studies & Masters of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3RS6W
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • School of Library and Information Studies and Humanities Computing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Julien, Heidi (Library and Information Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Ruecker, Stan (Humanities Computing)
    • Given, Lisa (Library and Information Studies)