The Weightless World: Strategies for Managing the Digital Economy

The Weightless World: Strategies for Managing the Digital Economy

by Diane Coyle
     
 

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The Weightless World is the first book to map an economic world that has been turned upside down by digital technology and global business. How will our careers, businesses, and governments change in a world where bytes are the only currency and where the goods that shape our lives—global financial transactions,computer code, and cyberspace

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The Weightless World is the first book to map an economic world that has been turned upside down by digital technology and global business. How will our careers, businesses, and governments change in a world where bytes are the only currency and where the goods that shape our lives—global financial transactions,computer code, and cyberspace commerce—literally have no weight? Addressing such problems as economic inequity and unemployment, Diane Coyle calls on individuals and governments to develop a new politics of weightlessness so that the economic benefits can be shared fairly. She proposes the creation of a radical center as the way to a new era of human creativity and economic prosperity.

Editorial Reviews

David Warsh
[M]ay be the best of several new books on the economic implications of the Internet -- bright, modest, and well-informed. The author, a journalist, presents the views of a number of cutting-edged economists but maintains her own shrewd standpoint throughout. -- Boston Globe
Michael J. Mandel
[Coyle believes that] [w]hat's needed instead of a dole are more investment in training and education and a more flexible system of taxation and benefits that fits the way that people really live. --Business Week

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262032599
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/29/1998
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"This is a wonderfully refreshing read. You've heard the standardstories—the gee-whiz optimism of the technophiles, the pessimism of theneo-luddites. Coyle offers something completely different. Each chapteroffers a novel, often unsettling perspective about the future. For sure shewill turn out to be wrong about some things—but no matter. This is one ofthose rare books that force your thoughts out of their usual grooves." Paul Krugman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, authorof Pop Internationalism and The Age of Diminished Expectations

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