Should "information age" be capitalized - see sent

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How they respond to this dilema is one of the fundamental challenges of the Information Age and will shape the marketplace for years to come.

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In the American Heritage Dictionary of the Eng Language 4th Edition 2000 I found the following references - all nouns

ice age (not cap) A cold period...
Ice Age (Cap) The most recent glacial period...
Bronze Age (Cap) A period of human culture...
Iron Age (Cap) The period in cultural development...
information age (not cap) The period beginning around 1970...

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Each of these terms are nouns, each describes a period of time. Why does the dictionary capitalize some and not others? For "information age" would either way (cap or not) be proper? How do you make the distinction?

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"Information Age"

We capitalize certain terms in order to ascribe more importance to them than we otherwise would. I would capitalize "Information Age", since it refers to a specific era.

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I would, too.
 
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I would also say that we capitalize "Information Age" because it is a name. It is the name of a specific, important period of time. (almost like a "title")
 
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Thanks for your replies to my capitalizatin question! I thought it should be capitalized but when I started looking things up I became confused.

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amquist said:
Thanks for your replies to my capitalizatin question!

You're welcome. :)

I thought it should be capitalized but when I started looking things up I became confused.

The term Information Age is a relatively new one. In such a case, matters are likely to be in a state of flux, so to speak.


"I am here to lead people out of the fog of confusion into the sunlight of clarity"

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