Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia: Communication and World Order Transformation / Edition 1

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Overview

Interweaving media theory and historical analysis, this book explores the effect new digital-telecommunication technologies, which Deibert calls hypermedia, will have on the distribution of political power in the next century. Deibert tracks the transformation of Europe from the medieval to the modern and then turns to the hypermedia age, where new digital technologies such as the Internet, encryption, and high-resolution satellite imaging favor nonterritorial institutions and communities, shifting political authority and policymaking from individual nations to transnational corporations, global financial markets, and nongovernmental organizations and activists.

Columbia University Press

Finalist, 1998 McGannon Book Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research

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James N. Rosenau
Depicts the links across some six centuries of history and a vast array of modern and postmodern concepts, leaving the reader with a keen sense of both the continuities and changes that have marked the human condition. The book is a 'must' read for anyone eager to probe beneath the surface of world affairs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231107136
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/1997
  • Series: New Directions in World Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

RONALD DEIBERT is professor of political science at the University of Toronto.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Medium Theory, Ecological Holism, and the Study of World Order Transformation 17
2 From the Parchment Codex to the Printing Press: The Sacred Word and the Rise and Fall of Medieval Theocracy 47
3 Print and the Medieval to Modern World Order Transformation: Distributional Changes 67
4 Print and the Medieval to Modern World Order Transformation: Changes to Social Epistemology 94
5 Transformation in the Mode of Communication: The Emergence of the Hypermedia Environment 113
6 Hypermedia and the Modern to Postmodern World Order Transformation: Distributional Changes 137
7 Hypermedia and the Modern to Postmodern World Order Transformation: Changes to Social Epistemology 177
8 Conclusion 202
Notes 219
Bibliography 285
Index 315
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