Electronic news: past, present and future

Simon Bains (Simon Bains is an information specialist at the School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Publication date: 1 April 1996


Suggests that we are in the early stages of an information revolution which will have an effect similar to that of the industrial revolution of the last century. Looks at the development of electronic news production, the technology required and in particular at the services to shipping offered by IMC Ltd. Warns that information should remain public property and care should be taken to ensure that the elderly, the technophobic, the under‐educated and the poor for whom modems and gateways are as alien as Close Encounters, should not be denied their right to information. Concludes that electronic news could replace ink on paper, but only when something better than a PC screen comes into widespread use.



Bains, S. (1996), "Electronic news: past, present and future", New Library World, Vol. 97 No. 2, pp. 4-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/03074809610110118

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