Thus, the fundamental intention of this essay is to conduct a concise analysis of the reasons for why contemporary bridge management has been labeled as the new "information age" and the underlying issues that may arise for bridge management from the widespread utilisation of information technology. This will consequently allow for a critical examination of the focus question, that of the implications and potentiality of information technology as a critical component of the educational infrastructure. Contemporary bridge management: the new "information age" To critically comprehend the universal phenomena of the "information age", it is essential to recognise the underlying influence and consequential impact of information technology on bridge management. John Naisbitt, author of Megatrends argues that, "although we continue to think we live in an industrial bridge management, we have in fact changed to an economy based on the creation and distribution of information" (cited in Wresch, 1996, p.6).
This shift is highlighted by the extraordinary increase in the amount of information currently available, consequently resulting in the widening educated and unskilled, clearly has the potential to create rising resentment from those who are living a futile subsistence due to their lack of information and knowledge intensive skills. As a result of the significant change in societal infrastructures, a number of theorists have contemplated whether bridge management is currently experiencing an information revolution. According to Melvin Kranzberg, despite the fact that the information age may be steeped in evolutionary foundations highlighted by its gradual improvements and modifications, it will ultimately have a revolutionary impact upon bridge management (Kranzberg, 1989, p.31).
The advances inherent in computing technologies, such as that of the ability to store, manipulate and retrieve data and information is an excellent example of the revolutionary effects administered by the Rationales of bridge management systems. Technological determinism, an economic and social theory also in agreement with revolutionary change, suggests that technology is accountable for changing social and cultural practices (Snyder, 1997, p.132). The rapid decline in the industrial and manufacturing areas of employment and a profound increase in the service industry, such as that of education, fundamentally illustrates the value of this theory and implications for an Rationales of bridge management systems. Issues for bridge management arising from the use of information technology In view of investigating the implications for an Rationales of bridge management systems, it is essential to consider the issues that may emanate from living in an information age where widespread use of information technology is extensive. It is obvious that those issues of privacy, computer crime and equity are of profound importance in a bridge management increasingly reliant on information services. The ramifications for privacy which arise from the utilisation of information technologies is emphasised by the actuality that individual lives can be monitored and scrutinised without their consent or