Digital Capitalism: Networking the Global Market System / Edition 1

Digital Capitalism: Networking the Global Market System / Edition 1

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by Daniel Schiller
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262692335
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,071,441
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Enchanted Network
1The Neoliberal Networking Drive Originates in the United States1
2Going Global: The Neoliberal Project in Transnational Telecommunications37
3Brought to You by ...89
4Networking the Higher-Learning Industry143
Conclusion: The Road Forward203
Notes211
Index277

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