Handbook of Research on Cultural and Economic Impacts of the Information Society

Handbook of Research on Cultural and Economic Impacts of the Information Society

P.E. Thomas (Bharathiar University, India), M. Srihari (Bharathiar University, India) and Sandeep Kaur (Bharathiar University, India)
Release Date: August, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 618
ISBN13: 9781466685987|ISBN10: 1466685980|EISBN13: 9781466685994|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8598-7


The phrase “information society” is one so ubiquitous it has become passé, but its continued use, even in academic spheres, indicates a shared acknowledgement: that information, in its myriad mercurial forms, has become so integrated into every facet of modern life that it must be considered first and foremost when making any attempt to describe the character of the age.

The Handbook of Research on Cultural and Economic Impacts of the Information Society brings together an international and interdisciplinary forum of scholars and researchers to provide a comprehensive understanding of the role that information plays in all aspects of modern society. Through case-studies and empirical analyses, this volume provides an audience of academics, researchers, students, and professionals with a timely and straightforward reference source on the role that information technology plays in such spheres as law enforcement, democracy, governance, finance, rural development, and more.

Featuring empirical research and real-world case studies, this handbook explores concepts including, but not limited to, consumer culture, the impact of information and communication technologies on business innovation, cloud computing services, open and unrestricted data, and the potential value of affective computing.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Affective computing
  • Big Data
  • E-Democracy
  • E-Governance
  • Electronic Finance
  • Information Society
  • Prosumer Culture
  • Rural Development
  • Social Networking

Reviews and Testimonials

This anthology covers understanding the information society, the emergence of innovative practices, cultural transformation through information, and the mitigation of end-user information. Among specific topics are a design framework for evolving a citizen-centric information society, the empirical analysis of cloud computing services among Hungarian enterprises, intangible investment and technical efficiency in software-intensive manufacturing firms in Turkey, mobile phone revolution and its dimensional social and economic impacts in Nigeria's context, and the adoption of information and communication technology by the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

P. E. Thomas is the Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Communication & Media Studies, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India. His academic stint is over two decades and half with specialisation in the realm of Information Society and New Media. He teaches New Media, Journalism, Communication Theories and Advertising at the post graduate level. Besides, twelve research scholars are currently working under his supervision. Prior to embarking upon academics, he has had stretches in the media industry in the fields of reporting, media marketing, copy writing, printing and publishing. He has published over twenty articles in international and national level research journals. Besides, he has contributions of six book chapters in various publications. He is the member of boards of studies in various universities—Madras, Manonmaniam Sundaranar at Tirunelveli, Periyar at Salem, Kerala, and Pondicherry. He is the vice president of the Association of Communication Teachers (ACT), Tamilnadu and Pondicherry.
Dr. M. Srihari is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. He holds a doctoral degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Bharathiar University. He has teaching experience at the postgraduate level and handles subjects such as Print production and technologies as well as design elements. He extends his guidance to both M.Phil and Ph.D researchers in the Department. He is actively involved in the making of documentaries and short films on social issues and has undertaken several extension activities in the same. He has several national and international research publications to his credit till date. His specialization is in the area of New Media, Information and Communication Technology and Rural Development.
Sandeep Kaur is the Assistant Professor of the Department of Communication & Media Studies, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India. She has completed her Masters in Philosophy in Journalism and Mass Communication from PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Her specialization is in the realm of E-Governance and Media Convergence. She teaches Journalism, Advertising and Research Methods at the post graduate level. She has several national and international research publications to her credit till date.