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

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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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“This collection of the writings of the late Ithiel de Sola Pool is a timely and useful consideration of the work of a founding father of the political science subdiscipline called "political communication." Etheridge's selections from Pool's vast output covers both Pool's intellectual development and his growing interest in the subject of communication… The book is an excellent guide to the history of the subfield and an inquiry into the fundamental questions of democracy and communication. The editing is well done; many of the selections read like contemporary work and thus are the ultimate tribute to a great social scientist. Strongly recommended for all political science collections.”

—E. Lewis, Choice

"Ithiel de Sola Pool was the guru as to the impact of the rapidly developing information technology on the quality of life and democratic processes. The essays in this book illumine the field of communications and society with great clarity and brilliant insights. They constitute an essential base for understanding the telecommunications and information revolution."

—Henry Galler, The Markle Foundation

"Ithiel de Sola Pool was a truly creative and innovative social scientist who firmly believed in the merit and strength of ideas developed in open settings. As the Western adage goes, truth makes one free. Ithiel de Sola Pool not only believed in this but also in the creative and emancipatory nature of technologies in making this adage more deeply and widely realized. He was a person always at ease with different ideas, persons, and environments."

—Takashi Inoguchi, former assistant secretary general of the United Nations

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A collection of articles and chapters written over the past 40 years by a pioneering social scientist, analyzing the social and political impact of different communication systems and new telecommunications technology. Included are 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. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560003441
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 395
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Ithiel de Sola Pool directed the research program in communications at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for thirty years. He was a skeptic of ideologies and resisted manipulation of symbols by political leaders. He believed in the spirit of free inquiry and the contribution of social science to strengthen independent citizen decision making in democracy. As such his visionary writings will appeal to those in the fields of communications, political science, and public policy.

Lloyd S. Etheredge, a political scientist and psychologist, was a member of the MIT faculty for eight years and is former director of Graduate Studies for International Relations at Yale University. His most recent book is Can Governments Learn? He currently directs international telecommunications and public policy projects at the Policy Center, a public foundation founded at the Yale University Law School in 1948.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
I Political Communication
1 Introduction to Political Communication 15
2 Changing Images: The Role of Communications in the Process of Modernization 25
3 Newsmen's Fantasies, Audiences, and Newswriting 29
4 Deterrence as an Influence Process 47
5 Contacts and Influence 59
6 American Politics: Congress and Its Constituents 91
7 Trends in Content Analysis Today: A Summary 119
Pt. II Societal Impact
8 Foresight and Hindsight: The Case of the Telephone 165
9 Communications Technology and Land Use 193
10 The Mass Media and Politics in the Modernization Process 207
11 Four Unnatural Institutions and the Road Ahead 227
Pt. III Technology, Policy, and Freedom
12 Tracking the Flow of Information 249
13 The Public and the Polity 263
14 Citizen Feedback in Political Philosophy 291
15 Communication and Integrated Planning 305
16 Technology and Confusion: The Satellite Broadcast Controversy in the U.N. 313
17 From Gutenberg to Electronics: Implications for the First Amendment 329
18 Policies for Freedom 339
Bibliography of the Works of Ithiel de Sola Pool 365
Index 387
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