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The networks that comprise cyberspace were originally created at the behest of government agencies, military contractors, and allied educational institutions. Over the past generation or so, however, a growing number of these networks began to serve primarily corporate users. Under the sway of an expansionary market logic, the Internet began a political-economic transition toward what Dan Schiller calls "digital capitalism."Schiller traces these metamorphoses through three critically important and interlinked realms. Parts I and II deal with the overwhelmingly "neoliberal" or market-driven policies that influence and govern the telecommunications system and their empowerment of transnational corporations while at the same time exacerbating exisiting social inequalities. Part III shows how cyberspace offers uniquely supple instruments with which to cultivate and deepen consumerism on a transnational scale, especially among privileged groups. Finally, Part IV shows how digital capitalism has already overtaken education, placing it at the mercy of a proprietary market logic.
|Introduction: The Enchanted Network|
|1||The Neoliberal Networking Drive Originates in the United States||1|
|2||Going Global: The Neoliberal Project in Transnational Telecommunications||37|
|3||Brought to You by ...||89|
|4||Networking the Higher-Learning Industry||143|
|Conclusion: The Road Forward||203|
Posted October 4, 2000
readers with some knowledge of networking and the history of the internet could do without a rather dull chapter 1. the rest of the chapters pack satisfying critisism of the colonization of cyberspace by aggressive marketers and higher education institutions that are blindly racing down to the market.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.