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Communication, Technology, and Politics in the Information Age
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Communication, Technology, and Politics in the Information Age



October 1997 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book provides a detailed, critical analysis for understanding the political dimensions of 21st century communication/information technologies, mass media and transnational networks.

Gerald Sussman contextualizes the expanding use of these technologies and media in the social histories of their development, in order to provide an integrated functional and political economic framework for viewing the many controversies surrounding communications, media and society - from the diminishing of citizenship and work experiences to the growing use of commerical and political surveillance. In addition, he examines the impacts of global communication and information structures on the developing countries and at alternatives to the hegemonic tendencies within the United States and the world economy.

 
PART ONE: THE MEANING AND POLITICS OF THE `COMMUNICATION REVOLUTION'
 
Ideology and Discourses of the "Information Society"
 
A Political Economy of Communications
 
PART TWO: THE SOCIAL HISTORICAL PROCESS
 
Historical Perspectives on Communications
 
Mass Consumption, Mass Communications and Politics
 
PART THREE: POLITICAL ISSUES IN THE `INFORMATION SOCIETY'
 
Modern Power Structures and the Means to Communicate
 
Privatizing the Ether
Regulation, Deregulation and Information Apartheid

 
 
PART FOUR: THE GLOBAL DIMENSIONS OF THE `INFORMATION SOCIETY'
 
The Third World Meets the `Third Wave'
 
PART FIVE: CONCLUSIONS
 
Communication, Technology and Politics

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