Information Age


variants or information age
: the modern age regarded as a time in which information has become a commodity that is quickly and widely disseminated and easily available especially through the use of computer technology
Information has a unique quality as a resource and a commodity, the utility of which, in combination with its other values, is so pervasive as to result in the now common appellation given to the period of history ahead as "the information age."Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, 1977
But in this Internet-driven Information Age, with markets moving on rumors (or the mere whiff of one), code names have gotten more common and creative and become the stuff of street lore.Kopin Tan, Wall Street Journal, 19 Sept. 2000
Trippi is often credited with bringing the Dean campaign into the information age. In fact, it's the other way around: It was Dean's rapidly growing Internet support that made it necessary to bring Trippi into the campaign.Noam Scheiber, The New Republic, 17 Nov. 2003

Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Information Age was in 1960

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“Information Age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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