Reshaping Communications: Technology, Information and Social Change

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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 new'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

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Editorial Reviews

Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research
“Given the controversies and discursive excesses surrounding the (new) media, a pragmatic voice was long overdue. Reshaping Communications definitely fits in this slot in the discursive universe surrounding new and mature media and communications. . . . Passionately and persuasively argued, the book presents not only a sobering voice in the midst of either excessively eulogizing or apocalyptic ones; it furthermore moves in the direction of making concrete proposals for policy changes that address pressing issues, and initiates a debate on information, technology, communication, and questions social justice.”
Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research
“Given the controversies and discursive excesses surrounding the (new) media, a pragmatic voice was long overdue. Reshaping Communications definitely fits in this slot in the discursive universe surrounding new and mature media and communications. . . . Passionately and persuasively argued, the book presents not only a sobering voice in the midst of either excessively eulogizing or apocalyptic ones; it furthermore moves in the direction of making concrete proposals for policy changes that address pressing issues, and initiates a debate on information, technology, communication, and questions social justice.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803985629
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/22/2001
  • Series: Communication Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Paschal Preston holds a research professorship in the School of Communications in Dublin City University.

Paschal Preston is the founding director of the COMTEC research unit. Founded in 1991, COMTEC was one of the first social science research centres in the Irish university sector. COMTEC now has a distinguished 20-year record of successful collaborative and multi-country research projects. For more on COMTEC, click here.

Paschal Preston is also a member of the Society, Information and Media (SIM) research centre. SIM was established in 2005 to embrace the broad research interests of staff in the School of Communication, including those engaged in media practice as well as academic research on media production, policy and consumption issues.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
1 Information Superhighways or Superhypeways: Images of a New Social and Media Order 1
Digital dreams and deliria: all change for a new millennium? 1
So what's really new?: The 'what' and 'why' of this book 9
The story: continuities amid change 11
Other elements of the approach 21
2 Third-Wave Visions: Technology as Social Transformer 23
New ICT and social transformation 23
From 'new IT' to 'new ICT': archaeology and definitions of key terms 25
Transformative visions: the 'third-wave' theorists 27
Hegemonic hype: transformative discourse in the 1990s 32
A critique of transformative visions 34
Post-Fordisms and the neo-Schumpeterian model 37
3 An Archaeology of Information (Sector) Matters 43
'Old wine in new bottles'?: The rise of the information dimension 43
'White-Collar': the division of labour and information work 45
Fritz Machlup: knowledge production and the information sector 49
Other information sector studies 53
A contribution to 'socially new knowledge'? 56
Information-tempered times 60
4 'Information Society' Theories 63
From information 'sector' to 'society' 63
Daniel Bell's 'information society' theory 64
'The cultural contradictions of capitalism' 68
A blurred and outdated technocratic vision 70
The surge of 'information society' policy initiatives in the 1990s 73
Locating media-based information 76
5 Culture and Information: Postmodernisms and the Public Sphere 78
The 'postmodern temper' in social and cultural realms 78
Postmodernisms: 'a motley crew of strange bedfellows' 82
Jean-Francois Lyotard: metanarratives as 'terroristic' 82
Jean Baudrillard: 'lost in the void of information' 86
Fredric Jameson: 'the cultural logic of late capitalism' 91
Jurgen Habermas: modernity as 'incomplete project' 94
Commodification and the political economy of communication 100
6 Changes, Continuities and Cycles: Towards a More Realist(ic) Theory 107
Crisis and restructuring: changes versus continuities? 107
Thinking through the technology-society/culture relation 109
A spectrum of approaches 109
Technological determinist views 111
Social shaping approaches 112
New ICT as a major new technology system: a 'long-waves' approach 115
The 'socio-technical paradigm' concept 124
The model in 'the rear-view mirror': the third long-wave era 129
Implications and some qualifiers 131
7 The 'Atoms and Bits' of Informational Capitalism 135
'It's the economy stupid!': production, consumption and the rhythms of everyday life' 135
Gales of creative destruction?: Crisis and restructuring processes 141
Mass unemployment: the 'exclusions' of enforced leisure 145
New frontiers?: Mapping informational capitalism 149
Long-wave dynamics of industrial restructuring, innovation and growth 149
The 'atoms' and 'bits' of informational capitalism 151
The 'leading edge': contours of change in the US primary information economy 154
8 Polarities: New Modes of Work, Consumption and State Regimes 161
More material matters: 'information' work, employment practices and labour processes 161
Polarised consumption: social inequality, consumerism and exclusion 167
Continuities with older accumulation tendencies 172
A selective 'hollowing out' of the state and politics: from Keynesianism to neo-liberalism 174
The seductions of 'the hidden hand': a digital meta-narrative 178
Some conclusions and implications 185
9 'Content is king'? New media innovations and 'mature' media 188
When 'content is king': the media and public communication 188
Technology-centred visions: media explosion, substitution effects and 'convergence' 190
The fate and future of the 'mature' media 196
TV+ or beyond the TV age?: Reregulating 'the dominant medium' 200
The TV industry and its regulation in the USA and EU 204
Network for a 'new frontier': the shaping and rise of the Internet/WWW 206
The Internet as new platform for public communication 209
Connectivity matters: access and use of mature and new ICT facilities 212
Digital media as transformer: from virtual reality to real virtuality? 217
Mature media byte back? 221
A once and future king? Explaining the digital content deficit 225
10 Information as new frontier: commodification and consumption stakes 228
'New Frontiers' cultural content and informational capitalism 228
Concentration, globalization and regulation in media-based content industries 231
Commodification, media and cultural information: specific stakes in a new STP? 237
Media, content and the neo-liberal 'way to the information society' 244
A bounded 'new frontier'?: Potential limits to technology and economistic logics 248
Consumption trends and norms: money-budget and time-budget matters 251
11 Beyond technological fetishism: towards a new social and media order @ Y2k+ 259
Mapping a new millennium: the 'road ahead' in the rear-view mirror 259
Balancing continuities and changes 260
How technology matters: links between mature and new infrastructures 261
Gaps and cracks in the superhighway: the spaces between the promises and the real(ised) 264
(A space for) social innovations and movements: not quite digital beings 267
New consumption norms and commodification 272
Not the last word(s): concluding comments 274
References 277
Index 295
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