Transformation of the information sphere of civil society

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The author considers new phenomena in the information sphere of civil society, their influence on the nature and forms of its development, emphasizing that the development of the Russian civil society follows the general formation of the global civil society. Humankind has come to the objectively inevitable and qualitatively new stage in the co-evolution of biosphere, society and technosphere - the emergence of noosphere. The social-political essence of the new stage of social evolution is the search for a sustainable life regime based on the principles of civil justice in the interests of everyone on the planet. Social statistics and sociology highlight the peculiarity in the development of digital technologies - the growth of material and informational dysfunctions of the global and regional scale. The information sphere that has developed in the neoliberal paradigm of economic, political, and social practices does not meet the new global challenges and the needs of civil society and social state for it continues to function in the interests of small elite groups. Misinformation becomes widespread, which leads to the loss by information of its key function of the reliable reflection of reality and to the partial transformation of the media into institutions of social and political manipulation. Based on the data of sociological studies, the author proves that the structure and forms of the Russian media dysfunctions reflect global trends, and concludes that the need for publicity is a result of the “truth crisis”; thus, the media’s task - to reliably reflect social reality - becomes an imperative and a pass to the future. The sustainable development of the global and Russian civil society depends on the successful social-political reconstruction of the information sphere based on the principles of co-evolution of man, society and nature.

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V K Levashov

Institute for Socio-Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences

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