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Virtual States explores the role of the state in a rapidly globalizing, wired society. It presents a theoretical and historical introduction to the internet, its place in both the developed and the developing world, and its impact on society.
Although the internet brings out new disparitiesbetween the information rich and the information poorit also has the potential to break down the boundaries of national identity. Jerry Everard argues that while information technology poses fundamental challenges to the inclusionary/exclusionary processes of state-making, this will not mean the decline but rather the mutation of the state. Everard goes on to look at the different ways in which states react to the wired society, covering issues such as war, censorship and the reactions of those excluded from this society.
|Series editor's preface|
|Pt. I||Virtual states: theory and practice||1|
|1||W(h)ither the state?||3|
|Pt. II||The developing world||25|
|3||Hungry, thirsty and wired||27|
|4||Sovereignty, boundary making and the Net||44|
|5||Culture and the Other on the Internet||57|
|Pt. III||The developed world||69|
|6||Process: the key to the Cyborg||71|
|8||The @ of war||97|
|Pt. IV||Internet and society||119|
|9||Virtually real/really virtual||121|
|10||Internet censorship: US, Europe and Australia||135|
Posted July 19, 2002
Great read by an author who obviously has a passion about the way in which society is driven at both the eleite and general levels by bandwidth. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.