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Chapter 6: New Media and the Information Society: Schiller, Castells, Virilio and Cyberfeminism

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New Media and the Information Society: Schiller, Castells, Virilio and Cyberfeminism
New media and the information society: Schiller, castells, virilio and cyberfeminism

The development of new mediums of communication are inevitably accompanied by fresh modes of theorising. While this gives rise to new and original waves of thinking it can also provide space for more predictable narratives. The development of Internet technology, digital television and cyberspace are no different in this respect. The camps of thinking that have accompanied these new technological developments have either been welcoming, in terms of the social and technical opportunities that seem to be offered, or cynically suggested such narratives offer nothing new. For example, most of the writing on the Internet has either pointed to the ways new technological forms ...

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