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Overview

How do 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. Sussman begins with a look at theory and then reviews the social history of communication technology. He next examines contemporary issues in the U.S. context, from the diminishing of citizenship and work experiences to the growing use of commercial and political surveillance. In so doing, he reveals to readers "just who the heavy truckers are on the information highway and what that means for the rest of us." The author concludes by examining the global dimension of the information society, pointing out effects on developing countries and alternatives to the hegemonic tendencies of the U.S. and world economies. 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. Ideal as a main text or as supplement for courses in American politics, contemporary political issues, the political economy of communication, and public policy, Communication, Technology, and Politics in the Information Age will be an invaluable resource to students and academics in the fields of communication, political science, sociology, and mass communication.
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Looks at the human agents and institutions involved in the making of information technologies, and at the material and personal interests of private institutions and governments that actually dominate the information society. Reviews the social history of communication technology, and examines contemporary issues in a US context, from the diminishing of citizenship and work experiences to the growing use of commercial and political surveillance. Concludes by examining the global dimension of the information society, pointing out effects on developing countries and alternatives to the hegemonic tendencies of the US and world economies. Includes b&w newspaper cartoons and side bars of case illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803951396
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/15/1997
  • Series: Communication and Human Values Series , #27
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: THE MEANING AND POLITICS OF THE 'COMMUNICATION REVOLUTION'
Ideology and Discourses of the "Information Society "
A Political Economy of Communications
PART TWO: THE SOCIAL HISTORICAL PROCESS
Historical Perspectives on Communications
Mass Consumption, Mass Communications and Politics
PART THREE: POLITICAL ISSUES IN THE 'INFORMATION SOCIETY'
Modern Power Structures and the Means to Communicate
Privatizing the Ether
Regulation, Deregulation and Information Apartheid
PART FOUR: THE GLOBAL DIMENSIONS OF THE 'INFORMATION SOCIETY'
The Third World Meets the 'Third Wave'
PART FIVE: CONCLUSIONS
Communication, Technology and Politics

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