FeudalismCapitalismInformationalism (ThoughtStorms)

Context : OnFeudalism

Sociological theories influenced by the tradition of Hegelian and Marxist historicism see social development falling into historical epochs.

The most common idea, due to Marx, is that these epochs are differentiated by prevalent economic patterns (the mode of production) which constrains and patterns all other aspects of culture and social organization. The two, generally agreed modes of production are Capitalism (which we're currently living under) and previously Feudalism.

One group of sociological commentators are now attempting to understand social transformation as a shift to a new social / economic set of patterns which we might call Informationalism as most are based on observations of social changes due to information technology, TheInformationEconomy etc.

Examples include :


HowardRheingold interviewed : (Also, http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/aug2004/nf20040811_1095_db_81.htm (Also, some stuff on getting ideas from a large bunch of users. Compare ResearchCentres)


Criticism

This idea can be criticised :


Question specific to NetoCracy moved to AgainstNetocracy


Alternatives


See also PostCapitalism and remember the DevilIsInTheDetails


CategoryPolitics, CategoryEconomics, CategoryInformationalism