information age

information age
A term denoting the importance of rapid telecommunications in the modern era. The information age derives from technological advances in broadcasting, communications, and computer software, and it is one of the driving forces of *globalization. The effects on society of advances in telecommunications has often been described as revolutionary. One example of the ramifications of the information age can be seen in the educational sector: Many universities now offer online degrees, whose entire delivery is handled via the *Internet and *e-mail. In such cases, it is possible for students scattered throughout the world to undertake a university’s entire online degree course, without a need for a physical visit to the university.

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