Communication, Technology, and Politics in the Information Age

Communication, Technology, and Politics in the Information Age

by Gerald Sussman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803951396

ISBN-13: 9780803951396

Pub. Date: 09/15/1997

Publisher: SAGE Publications

How does politics influence communication technology? What forces shape technological enterprise? How do politics, society, and technology intersect? To answer these questions, author Gerald Sussman looks beyond the techno-functional aspects of product and process and focuses instead on the human agents and institutions involved in the making of information…  See more details below

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How does politics influence communication technology? What forces shape technological enterprise? How do politics, society, and technology intersect? To answer these questions, author Gerald Sussman looks beyond the techno-functional aspects of product and process and focuses instead on the human agents and institutions involved in the making of information technologies. Through his carefully detailed and critical analysis, Sussman demystifies the political and social inner workings of communication technologies and guides readers to an understanding of the real meaning of the information revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803951396
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/15/1997
Series:
Communication and Human Values Series, #27
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IThe Meaning and Politics of the "Communications Revolution"1
1Ideology and Discourse on the "Information Society"3
2A Political Economy of Communications37
Pt. IIThe Social-Historical Prologue55
3Historical Perspectives on Communication57
4Mass Consumption, Mass Communications, and Politics94
Pt. IIIPolitical Issues in the "Information Society"123
5Modern Power Structures and the Means to Communicate125
6Privatizing the Ether: Regulation, Deregulation, and Information Apartheid179
Pt. IVThe Global Dimensions of the "Information Society"213
7The Third World Meets the "Third Wave"215
Pt. VConclusions261
8Communication, Technology, and Politics263
References288
Index305
About the Author319

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