Information-Knowledge Paradox: Creating an Anti Intellectual Society?
The paper 'Information-Knowledge Paradox' will examine why as information increases, knowledge appears to be declining. In pursuing the reasons for this, the paper will explore why social and economic motivations, public/private policies, Information Technologies (IT) and popular vs. critical cultural media, continually shape information and knowledge as divergent forces. Why and how an ‘information society’ is being turned into an ‘anti-intellectual society,’ with public consensus? “Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?” (T. S. Eliot). The framework of analysis to interpret/ analyze media text, content, audience, production and history, will be drawn from Habermas, Foucault, Marx and others. As popular cultural images and narratives on education and knowledge are shaped by the power of mass media, are critical media (Documentaries, cartoons, research reports, data sources) efficacious in deconstructing the information disseminated in the public sphere?
Keywords: Power/Knowledge, Anti-Intellectualism, Information & Communication Technology- Cultural Media, Public Space
Prof. Indhu Rajagopal
Full Professor, Division of Social Science, York University