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Overview

Times of the Technoculture explores the social and cultural impact of new technologies, tracing the origins of the information society from the coming of the machine with the industrial revolution to the development of mass production techniques in the early twentieth century.
The authors look at how the military has controlled the development of the information society, and consider the centrality of education in government attempts to create a knowledge society. Engaging in contemporary debates surrounding the internet, Robins and Webster question whether it can really offer us a new world of virtual communities, and suggest more radical alternatives to the corporate agenda of contemporary technologies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415161152
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/13/1999
  • Series: Comedia Series
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Robins is Professor of Cultural Geography at the Centre for Urban Studies, University of Newcastle. Frank Webster is Professor of Sociology at the University of Birmingham.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the changing technoscape 1
Part I Techno-visions 11
1 A cultural history of Pandaemonium 13
2 Engaging with Luddism 39
3 The hollowing of progress 63
Part II Genealogies of information 87
4 The long history of the information revolution 89
5 The cybernetic imagination of capitalism 111
6 Propaganda: the hidden face of information 131
Part III The politics of cyberspace 147
7 Cyberwars: the military information revolution 149
8 Education as knowledge and discipline 168
9 Deconstructing the academy: the new production of human capital 192
Part IV Living in virtual space 219
10 Prospects of a virtual culture 221
11 The virtual pacification of space 238
Notes 261
Index 307
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