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Information Society and its Manifestations: Economy, Politics, Culture

Edited By Borut Rončević and Matevž Tomšić

The book provides a compilation of idiosyncratic manifestations of information society in techno-economic, political and cultural spheres. The contributors focus on the increasing complexity within information societies. To manage this complexity, societies develop constantly evolving context-specific modes of meta-governance. The contributions allow a better understanding of well-known conceptualizations and definitions of information society and related concepts such as post-industrial society, post-modernity, as well as network society, and knowledge society.

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Trust and Participation in the Information Society: New and Traditional Information Sources (Victor Cepoi)


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Victor CepoiSchool of Advanced Social Studies in Nova GoricaGregorčičeva 19, 5000 Nova Gorica,

Trust and Participation in the Information Society: New and Traditional Information Sources

Abstract: In this paper, the primary focus is on trust and sources of information in enhancing or hindering participation in Europe. More specifically, the Structural Equation Modeling is used to trigger the explanatory conditions for participation. Results from the latest data from the World Values Survey, show that in the case of participation, new and traditional forms of information sources are moderate explanatory factors. In the case of trust, only generalized trust can be highlighted, meanwhile political trust did not put forth any significant outcomes. In addition, the analysis showed the positive relation between trust and traditional information sources. Nevertheless, the proposed model underlined the contradictory effect of level of education as in comparison to what has been known until now.

Keywords: trust, participation, new and traditional information sources

1.  Introduction

With the development of the internet and the alignment of the modern societies toward informational ones, the old methods toward many political and sociological problems are facing a rethinking in terms of concepts and approaches. The new challenges have to be addressed considering the technological tools that influence the daily functioning of the society. The enormous incensement of internet users in the last couple of years cannot remain without consequences for political participation and social capital....

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