Reshaping Communications: Technology, Information and Social Change

Reshaping Communications: Technology, Information and Social Change

by Paschal Preston
     
 

Thirty years ago, one writer complained that 'to admire technology is all out of fashion'. Today excited claims are made for the impact that these technologies are having on social, political and economic life. But how are we to assess these claims? This book critically interrogates many of the prevailing ideas offers a fresh perspective on this ne&wgrave;digital

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Overview

Thirty years ago, one writer complained that 'to admire technology is all out of fashion'. Today excited claims are made for the impact that these technologies are having on social, political and economic life. But how are we to assess these claims? This book critically interrogates many of the prevailing ideas offers a fresh perspective on this ne&wgrave;digital age'.

Reshaping Communications:

· Provides an alternative and more grounded account of the complex interplay between new technology and information structures and changes in society

· Illuminates the fundamental continuities as well as changes in socioeconomic and political processes

· Draws on an interdisciplinary perspective and

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803985629
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/22/2001
Series:
Communication Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
Information Superhighways or Super-Hypeways
PART TWO: COMPETING THEORIES OF THE CONTEMPORARY
Third Wave Visions
Technology as Social Transformer
An Archeology of Imformation (Sector) Matters
'Information Society' Theories
Culture and Information
Postmodernisms and the Public Sphere
PART THREE: MAPPING A NEW MILLENNIUM AND MULTIMEDIA ORDER
Changes, Continuities and Cycles
Towards a More Realist(ic) Theory
The 'Atoms and Bits' of Informational Capitalism
Polarities
New Modes of Work, Consumption and State Regimes
'Content Is King'?
New Media and 'Mature' Media Innovations
Information as New Frontier
Commofication and Consumption Stakes
PART FOUR: ALTERNATIVE PROSPECTS AND POSSIBILITIES
Beyond Technological Fetishism
Towards a New Social and Media Order @Y2K+

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