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Class Warfare in the Information Age
     

Class Warfare in the Information Age

by Michael Perelman
 

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In Class Warfare in the Information Age, Michael Perelman reveals how the efforts of business to profit from the sale of information will result in a reduction rather than an increase in access to information. He demonstrates how the treatment of information as a commodity will cause it to be more regulated and less accessible. In the future, Perelman argues

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In Class Warfare in the Information Age, Michael Perelman reveals how the efforts of business to profit from the sale of information will result in a reduction rather than an increase in access to information. He demonstrates how the treatment of information as a commodity will cause it to be more regulated and less accessible. In the future, Perelman argues, accessing and affording information will still be a class-based privilege, and the rights of individuals will disintegrate as the power of the corporate sector grows. Class Warfare in the Information Age is a refreshingly critical work that forces readers to rethink the conventional hype surrounding the information superhighway.

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“Perelman's wry sense of humor . . . makes this excellent book surprisingly readable and one that deserves to be widely read.” —Choice

“Contends that, for the most part, the information technologies are not being applied to improve the quality of life; rather, they are being used to perfect command and control processes, often at the expense of the well-being of workers.” —Journal of Economic Literature

Choice
Perelman's wry sense of humor...makes this excellent book surprisingly readable and one that deserves to be widely read.
Booknews
Perelman (economics, California State U.-Chico) challenges the glossy image of computers and telecommunications making life glorious for anyone with a minimum of intelligence and discipline. He says that privatizing information and putting it on sale for corporate profit will reduce everyone's access to it, that access will become a class- based privilege, and that the rights of individuals will disintegrate as the power of corporations grows. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312224776
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.43(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Perelman is Professor of Economics at California State University, Chico. His most recent books are The End of Economics; The Pathology of the US Economy: The Costs of a Low-Wage System; and The Natural Instability of Markets.

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