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E-culture in the context of social development


Digitalisation is both a technological and a social development. Facilitated by advances in computer technology and telecom networks, the true relevance of digitalisation lies in the way new media and information technology are practically incorporated and utilised in society. Not only our technical infrastructure is becoming digitalised, but also our society and culture.

In a recent study on ‘cultural change in the age of digitalisation’, conducted by the Netherlands Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWT), digitalisation was aptly defined as “the ongoing integration of information and communication technology into society.”
The Council for Culture similarly does not limit the term ‘digitalisation’ to the application of ICT in the cultural sector. Digitalisation also encompasses the rise of new media, spearheaded by the Internet. The Council also applies the concept in reference to a broader social process, a plethora of developments in which ICT is not the sole catalyst, but does play an integral part. Four interrelated developments are germane within this plethora of developments: the mediatisation and rise of visual culture and ‘experience culture’, and the development towards a network and knowledge society.



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