The Information Age According to Winston and Kline

The perspectives on the history of the Information Age offered by Winston and Kline differ largely because Winston puts the start of the Information Age back in the 1800’s with the telegraph, whereas Kline argues that the 1940’s and 50’s groundbreaking theory that what drives machines can also explain what drives humans “set the intellectual foundation for what came to be called the information age” (Kline, I). Definitions of the Information Age vary broadly depending on which field is conducting the study and which methodology that field is using. What Kline and Winston agree on is that a comprehensive study of the Information Age requires an acknowledgement of the interdisciplinary nature of information, information sharing, and information technologies.