Politics in Wired Nations: Selected Writings of Ithiel de Sola Pool

Politics in Wired Nations: Selected Writings of Ithiel de Sola Pool

by Ithiel de Sola Pool
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560003448

ISBN-13: 9781560003441

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Ithiel de Sola Pool was a pioneering social scientist, a distinguished scholar of the political process, and one of the most original thinkers in the development of the social sciences. Passionately engaged in politics, he continued his role of leadership throughout his life, building the MIT Political Science Department into an outstanding group. He organized

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Ithiel de Sola Pool was a pioneering social scientist, a distinguished scholar of the political process, and one of the most original thinkers in the development of the social sciences. Passionately engaged in politics, he continued his role of leadership throughout his life, building the MIT Political Science Department into an outstanding group. He organized international teams of social scientists and collaborated widely to develop the understanding of social change. He was a frequent adviser to governments as consultant and in-house critic, and a successful advocate of limits on government regulation. Politics in Wired Nations presents his writings on the social and political impact of different communication systems and new telecommunications technology.

Included in this volume is the first study of trends in a global information society, and the first study of social networks and the "small world" phenomenon that creates new relationships and routes of informal influence and political power, both domestic and international. Pool's essays on the politics of foreign trade, the influence of American businessmen on Congress, and changeable "unnatural" institutions of the modern world (e.g., bureaucracies, mega-cities, and nation-states) are herein contained. Pool describes a nonviolent revolution in freedom and political control that is possible as the world changes from the era of one-way mass communications—targeted to national audiences—to a new era of abundant, high-capacity, low-cost, interactive, and user-controlled communications on a global scale. He discusses policy choices for freedom, the battlegrounds ahead, and the risks of government involvement in the regulation of new telecommunication technologies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560003441
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
395
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.41(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
IPolitical Communication
1Introduction to Political Communication15
2Changing Images: The Role of Communications in the Process of Modernization25
3Newsmen's Fantasies, Audiences, and Newswriting29
4Deterrence as an Influence Process47
5Contacts and Influence59
6American Politics: Congress and Its Constituents91
7Trends in Content Analysis Today: A Summary119
Pt. IISocietal Impact
8Foresight and Hindsight: The Case of the Telephone165
9Communications Technology and Land Use193
10The Mass Media and Politics in the Modernization Process207
11Four Unnatural Institutions and the Road Ahead227
Pt. IIITechnology, Policy, and Freedom
12Tracking the Flow of Information249
13The Public and the Polity263
14Citizen Feedback in Political Philosophy291
15Communication and Integrated Planning305
16Technology and Confusion: The Satellite Broadcast Controversy in the U.N.313
17From Gutenberg to Electronics: Implications for the First Amendment329
18Policies for Freedom339
Bibliography of the Works of Ithiel de Sola Pool365
Index387

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