The Persistence of Ignorance
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10 Reasons for Hope In this so-called “Information Age” or “Communication Age,” ironically, the missing components are reliable information and meaningful communication. Perhaps the terms “Disinformation Age” or “Babble Age” would more accurately describe this gloomy period in history. (Kamalipour, 2010, p. 93). f the preceding arguments paint a dismal picture of the Information Age and the persistence of both ignorance and disinformation, they necessarily beg the question of whether the Information Age can in fact serve to alleviate ignorance and disinformation, or if ignorance and disinformation can ever provide positive social effects. The use of modern information technolo- gies such as Facebook and Twitter have enabled opposition groups in places like Iran and Egypt to mobilize information resources against rampant government propaganda and information repression and other forms of oppression. The infrastructure and conventions of the Information Age have also made it easier to spread socially valuable messages. From HIV/AIDS support groups online to literacy programs via new communication technolo- gies in several developing countries, there are several undeniable benefits of Information Age technology and thinking. The Information Age has made information more plentiful and the myriad of information relationships more complex. As discussed earlier, more information does not automatically mean more knowledge. Greater availability or volume of information does not lead to greater knowledge, social benefits, understanding or peace—but simply to more information. However, the very notion that increased information should necessarily be a social good is simply a social bias of the age itself. Divested of...
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