Implications of Being a Knowledge Society

In class we discussed the difference between knowledge and information.  When these two terms were dissected, we decided that knowledge is the understanding and use of information that can be applied to the formal sectors of society.  This brings apparent the idea of knowledge and information societies.  The United States and much of the developed world can be considered a knowledge society as they are responsible for producing and sharing  present information to all members of society to improve human conditions.  Knowledge societies process the data and information to further economic, social, and political wealth.

The concept of knowledge societies are extremely important to the relationship between developing and developed countries.  Since knowledge societies are responsible for making all  information and data available to their own nation, the responsibility of these developed societies in bridging the knowledge gap between the developed and developing world can often be in question.  Particularly with information technology and the digital divide, new information is constantly being circulated throughout the developed world.  As a knowledge society with a moral responsibility for the social welfare of the developing world, the United States must further use its available knowledge to aid developing nations and build an infrastructure that will allow these countries to also further advance as knowledge societies.



One response to “Implications of Being a Knowledge Society

  • areed2014

    As I read the chapters in Tim Unwin’s book and thought about knowledge verses information societies, I could not help but question a bigger and broader definition of knowledge and information. My main thought was what knowledge, created by and for whom, and for what purpose? While there are many benefits of referencing and distributing technical information and knowledge from developed to developing countries, I think it is also important to always consider the different types of knowledge that a culture or society can hold. I find the concept of a knowledge society to be parallel to the concepts of progress and modernity where the solutions are constructed in a linear development fix. Rather, I would like to see the expansion of digital knowledge personalized in developing countries rather than simply modeled after developed nations.

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