Global Obscenities: Patriarchy, Capitalism, and the Lure of Cyberfantasy

Global Obscenities: Patriarchy, Capitalism, and the Lure of Cyberfantasy

by Zillah Eisenstein, David Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814722059

ISBN-13: 9780814722053

Pub. Date: 10/01/1998

Publisher: New York University Press

The New York Times devotes the cover of its magazine to America's declining interest in politics and its obsession with money, finance, and the markets. Bill Gates builds a $50 million mansion while food pantries and homeless shelters overflow with the desperate. The explosive expansion of media and cyber conglomerates creates dreamworlds while the ecology of our

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The New York Times devotes the cover of its magazine to America's declining interest in politics and its obsession with money, finance, and the markets. Bill Gates builds a $50 million mansion while food pantries and homeless shelters overflow with the desperate. The explosive expansion of media and cyber conglomerates creates dreamworlds while the ecology of our actual world is jeopardized. Public space and public democracy withers, as is evidenced by the fact that the closest facsimile of a town square is the local Barnes and Noble.

New geographies of power are defined by sex scandals, plant closings, cyberporn, sweatshop labor, information webs, and stock market schizophrenia. Global capitalism and its cyberrelations use this chaos to construct modern forms of sexual and racial exploitation.

Into this world steps Zillah Eisenstein, with a book of profound despair and yet also great hope, informed by her trademark sharp analysis and her unrelenting passion for a more humane world. Exposing the purported democratic effect of new media for the global mirage it is, Eisenstein shows how transnational capital and its patriarchal obsessions threaten us all, while at the same time creating possibilities for a new democratic society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814722053
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 50.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Seeing: Virtual Globes and Cyberpublics5
2Viewing: Media-ted Seeing and Cultural Capitalism34
3Talking: Cyberfantasies and the Relations of Power70
4Surviving: Transnations, Global Capital, and Families101
5Wishing/Hoping: Transnational Capitalist Patriarchy, Beijing, and Virtual Sisterhoods134
Notes171
Index209
About the Author214

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