Document Type

Book Review

Subject Area(s)

Information society, Nonfiction, Normative theory (Communication)


Alistair S. Duff has been writing interesting works about social conceptualizations of the information society since the mid-1990s. His earlier works have examined the origins of the information society paradigm, surveyed the pre-2001 research literature related to the information society, and discussed connections between the information society and social engineering, and in 2004 he explored the need for normative analysis in information policy. One can easily trace Duff’s progress toward the presently reviewed book;the aforementioned themes of the history of the information society, social engineering,and the normative attributes of information policy are the scaffolding used to support the Rawls-Tawney approach to evaluating information policy that is the centerpiece of this new monograph.