Some specific characteristics of the “information space”

Nadezh­da D. Astasho­va
Lobachevsky State Uni­ver­si­ty of Nizh­ni Nov­gorod

Some spe­cif­ic char­ac­ter­is­tics of the “infor­ma­tion space”

Abstract. The arti­cle focus­es on the analy­sis of the con­cept of “infor­ma­tion space”. The rea­son­ing rests on a com­par­a­tive analy­sis of the dis­tinc­tive fea­tures of the “infor­ma­tion” and “social” spaces. The aim is to iden­ti­fy the unique fea­tures of the “infor­ma­tion space”. The study employs the sys­tem­at­ic approach. The author con­cludes that a spe­cial form of exis­tence in the infor­ma­tion soci­ety is dwelling in the infor­ma­tion space, the sym­bol­ic “nature” of which elim­i­nates mate­r­i­al restric­tions for indi­vid­u­als’ self-expres­sion. An indi­vid­ual colour of exis­tence in the infor­ma­tion real­i­ty forms such spe­cif­ic qual­i­ty of the infor­ma­tion space as mul­ti­di­men­sion­al­i­ty, con­di­tion­ing the con­struc­tion of alter­na­tive worlds based on fan­ta­sy and imag­i­na­tion in com­plete iso­la­tion from real­i­ty. This affects the growth in the vol­ume of infor­ma­tion, which becomes uncon­trolled, and the scale of the growth of the infor­ma­tion space is no longer mea­sured. The gap with the cul­tur­al and his­tor­i­cal mean­ings of the con­tent of the infor­ma­tion space is pri­mar­i­ly asso­ci­at­ed with its techno­genic medi­a­tion. This sit­u­a­tion leads to the loss of cul­tur­al and his­tor­i­cal iden­ti­ty of both indi­vid­u­als and soci­ety as a whole. The devel­op­ment of infor­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies has led to the com­plex socio-cul­tur­al changes in the life of soci­ety and the indi­vid­ual, who now per­ceives the world through the prism of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the infor­ma­tion-sym­bol­ic envi­ron­ment. Accord­ing­ly, social inter­ac­tions are mov­ing into the infor­ma­tion envi­ron­ment, and the dif­fer­ence between the social and infor­ma­tion spaces are becom­ing weak­ly expressed. In this sit­u­a­tion, the urgent task of moder­ni­ty is the preser­va­tion of cul­tur­al tra­di­tions, the his­tor­i­cal expe­ri­ence of pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions as part of the infor­ma­tion, tech­no­log­i­cal world. 

Key­words: infor­ma­tion space, social space, mul­ti­di­men­sion­al­i­ty, cul­tur­al tra­di­tion, infor­ma­tion, mod­ern soci­ety.



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