American Sociological Association

Opening and Closing: Strategies of Information Adaptation in Society

June 1, 1978
Klapp, Orrin E.

by Orrin E. Klapp, This monograph views society according to a theory of opening and closing. In the last fifty years it has become plain that the concept of progress is biased in favor of opening. This book asserts that closing is as needed as opening, for creativity as well as for keeping what we have. Because of bias in the concept of progress, modern society has wandered in to a crisis of social noise and failure of resonance. Klapp interprets a variety of phenomena according to the theory that individuals and societies normally open and close to information and communication. 226 pages, 1978.

Cambridge University Press