Paper Topic:
`What are the possible effects of a postindustrial economy in which a large proportion of the population has inexpensive access to computers and information?`

The question has become even more complicated with the development of new tools of the information age - computer technology and telematics . Let us take for example that IBM is authorized to launch communication satellites or satellites with data banks in the earth \'s orbital belt . The question is who will use them ? Who will determine which channels or data are forbidden ? The State ? Or will the State simply be one user among others (Drolet , 126

The radical transformation of knowledge and it \'s easy accessibility in this world of globalization and the


explosion of accessibility of information could raise the question of a long term serious repercussion on the existing administrative sanctum sanctorum of the structures of civil government and force them to reconsider their powers both de jure and de facto with large corporations and the civil society , with diverse social canvases . The post bi polar world , the growing American dominance of American economic powers , the non-existence of a socialist alternative and the transformation of the Chinese economy welcoming the economic dialectics of an open market philosophy and many other factors post 1970s invite a series of food for thought which may goad national states to consider a serious rethinking of the roles they have been playing as global actors since the 1930s

Against this backdrop of knowledge accumulation and explosion through the medium and tools of mass communication such as computers and the Internet , the data bank and telematics , it is urgent that such a reexamination takes place at the earliest

In this context of a highly developed contemporary society in the post modern era , we must be prepared to answer a fundamental question of how the society can be represented . For the last 50 years society has been in general divided into either a society which forms...