Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Art (BA)



Subject Categories

United States History


This paper will argue that Joseph Warren Revere's espionage trip to Europe represents a turning point in the way information used and in the way it moved about the world. This turning point also marks the beginning of the development of the information economy that encircles the modern world. This is in contrast to a traditional interpretation of the information economy (some sources refer to it as the information age), which is held to have developed much later than 1800. Hedieh Nashieri, for example, puts the first moves towards an information economy in the post-World War Two era, with the real changes coming in the 1980s and 1990s. However as this paper will show, the origins of today's information economy can be traced much further back than is conventionally done.