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Alvin I. Goldman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238207.001.0001

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The Technology and Economics of Communication

The Technology and Economics of Communication

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(p.161) Six The Technology and Economics of Communication
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Knowledge in a Social World
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Alvin I. Goldman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198238207.003.0006

Innovations in communication technology make a difference to states of knowledge by changing the “message infosphere”: the set of messages that are sent and selectively retrieved by senders or receivers. Expanding the message infosphere, however, does not guarantee improvements in social knowledge. That depends on the veritistic quality of the messages sent and the ability of receivers to sift the true from the false, the relevant from the irrelevant. This chapter reviews highlights of the digital revolution in terms of its impact on knowledge. The economics of communication regimes is also veritistically significant, as illustrated by the influence owners and advertisers exert on message content in the mass media.

Keywords:   advertisements, communication technology, digital revolution, mass media, message infosphere

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