White Noise

White Noise

by Andrew Calcutt
     
 

Going beyond recent attempts to pigeonhole the information revolution as either the information highway to utopia or the devil's own dystopia, this book cuts through the furor surrounding the Internet and shows how the paradoxical aspects of new media are an expression of the inherent contradictions underlying society as a whole. Andrew Calcutt is an enthusiastic

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Overview

Going beyond recent attempts to pigeonhole the information revolution as either the information highway to utopia or the devil's own dystopia, this book cuts through the furor surrounding the Internet and shows how the paradoxical aspects of new media are an expression of the inherent contradictions underlying society as a whole. Andrew Calcutt is an enthusiastic champion of the potential for new communications technology and a trenchant critic of the culture of fear and self-limitation which prevents its realization. At a time when events and social processes are often assumed to be beyond our control, he seeks to accentuate the positive capabilities of human beings and the technologies which we have created.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A sophisticated and readable survey of the myriad facets of cyber-culture.” —Future Survey

“This is a marvelous book for use in both graduate and undergraduate courses in media and society, new technologies, or urban anthropology.” —Communication Booknotes Quarterly

Booknews
With chapters arranged from to popular culture writer Andrew Calcutt shows how paradoxical aspects of the Internet reflect contradictions underlying all of society. His essays on the technological and social aspects of the Internet are permeated by an optimism about the state of humankind. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312216603
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/15/1998
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Calcutt is a commentator on cyberculture for various magazines and commissioning editor for the Web-content provider Cyberia Online.

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