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Role of Human Knowledge in Contemporary Information Society and its Individual Nature

Zdenek Smutny and Vaclav Reznicek
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Zdenek Smutny: University of Economics, Czech Republic
Vaclav Reznicek: University of Economics, Czech Republic

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Abstract: This paper deals with the human knowledge and its role (importance) in today's society, which is known as an information or a knowledge society because of its link with ICT. The interpretation is based on the knowledge of the information science, the system science, and current approaches in the area of the information and knowledge management. The aim is to reflect critically on current ongoing processes in the society, or the consequences of the processes related to the "objectification of knowledge" when it is not appreciated by its individual character (nature). At the same time, the proclamations about the importance of the building the society based on the knowledge come more frequently. Informatization needs the substantial changes in the educational process, but unfortunately, these are not the same that we observe now. The data availability promotes our false belief about our information literacy. From the instrumental point of view, it is often confused with working with computers (new ICT). During the would-utilitarian "practically oriented" education for the acquisition (learning) knowledge without the context, ie fragmented knowledge, which doesn´t provide a sufficient knowledge base to the individual for his adequate decisions. The individual is often satisfied with a passive receiving the mass media interpretation and resigns to his own (critical, systemic) thinking. The paper combines the narrative with the arguments and the basic analysis.

Keywords: knowledge; information; informatization; thinking; education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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