The Minitel and France’s legacy of democratic information access

Moulaison, H. L. (2004) The Minitel and France’s legacy of democratic information access. Government Information Quarterly, 21 . pp. 99-107. ISSN 0740-624X

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Although the Minitel is a relic in the world of online information technology, there is more to this outdated machine than the history of its failure. The Minitel grew out of a French tradition of information transfer and was uniquely suited to serve its target population. Competition provided by the Internet is stiff, but the Minitel staved it off through the turn of the millennium. Indeed, the French cannot be blamed for keeping hold of their Minitels as long as possible, as the Minitel came to be not only the homegrown purveyor of democratic access to information, but also a symbol of national pride. Now, as France moves with the rest of the world to embrace the Internet, it is not without a certain sense of de´ja` vu.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:France, Minitel, Online information systems
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
D History General and Old World > DC France
ID Code:5
Deposited By: Dr. Heather Lea Moulaison
Deposited On:16 Jun 2009 21:46
Last Modified:30 May 2016 17:40

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