• Vassilis Galanos
Speciale, Kandidatuddannelsen
Information Revolution is a term frequently mentioned yet roughly defined. It’s apparent as a ghostly scapegoat that haunts or justifies anything that has to do with ICT’s and new technical media. Starting by the hypothesis that the term is misconceived, this paper is a thorough analysis of Information Revolution’s deferent occurring degrees – daily usage of ICT’s, economic, political, environmental, and ontological aspects – and concludes with a proposed unified general definition of the term. The reason, coinciding with the aim is multifold: Understanding Information Revolution means being able to define it. Defining it means it’s almost or already over. The feeling that it’s not over means misconception. Information Revolution is treated here as a descendant of a technical and ontological revolutions chain that by changing the techniques and the ontologies have also changed the very notion of “revolution.” The observation is divided into three main chapters: (1) The term is first examined through its indicating symbols in everyday life, and particularly how it has already affected the notion of “revolution.” The new political “augmented revolutions” are highly defined by ICT’s. (2) The second part is a comparative navigation between what was before Information Revolution, how it was expected, and how it was actually realized. Here is shown how the term was – and still is to an extent – misconceived, and how this generates an amount of crucial political and environmental struggles. To treat Information Revolution as a successor and not as an opposition to industrial capitalism causes the regeneration of industrial problems – political class differentiation and pollution – through the filter of information. Information flood and partial information directedness causes an identity loss which can be cured through the development/awareness of a new ontology that treats information as information – not as capital. (3) The third part shows this inforgian ontology of entities living “in” Information Revolution, and possibly beyond it. This description, supported by and supporting the previous chapters, leads to the final concluding definition. The discussion is open, like the discussion of every past or almost gone revolution. Yet, a new “revolution” seems to be expected.
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  • information revolution, augmented revolution, vectoralism, inforgs, hyperhistory