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Intro "An information society is a society in which the creation, distribution, diffusion, use, integration and manipulation of information is a significant economic, political and cultural activity' (Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia). Societies have developed more than years from agricultural communities into industrial giants. Sociologists, amongst many others, are fascinated with the changes that have happened in society, particularly since the advent of the industrial revolution to recent occasions. The past couple of decades have been referred to as the information era and this essay will be talking about the concepts of several prominent writers, including Daniel Bell, Frank Webster, Fritz Machlup and others, regarding the notion of an 'information society'. The varying approaches have gained some momentum within the last couple of decades as technology improvements. There'll be some remark on their interpretations, how the information fits into our society, and the ways it has impact has possibly changed us. It will also see if any or all explain just what an information society is. Contrasts of Society It seems that there are fundamental differences between society post-industrial revolution and the information society. During the British industrial revolution, society changed from small family orientated communities with people working on the land, to the mass of the populace moving out of the rural regions to work in the growing numbers of factories in the towns and cities. Manufacturing was booming, and Britain became major exporters. However these new working conditions were often very harsh and pay was very low. Workers went from the flexibility of working for themselves, or working with family.