In a full examination of the “information revolution,” author Hamid Mowlana deals with this phenomenon in mass communications, telecommunication, and new media as well as in varying contexts such as political, economic, cultural, technological, military, legal, and professional. Thoroughly revised and updated, Global Information and World Communication, Second Edition provides a critical overview of international and intercultural relations. In showing how recent events have challenged basic assumptions and theories, Mowlana enables the debate about communication and world society to embrace broader concepts of world politics, information economy, cultural ecology, and international development. He also illustrates how different communication strategies and systems have contributed to the creation of powerful interests and profoundly altered the global scene. Global Information and World Communication, Second Edition will be essential for students and scholars in communication, media studies, journalism, international relations, political science, sociology, and international development.

The Unfinished Revolution: The Crisis of Our Age

The unfinished revolution: The crisis of our age

It is ironic that for at least the last three decades both the idealist-humanist and the strategist (this term would encompass the latter three approaches mentioned earlier) have emphasized the so-called “communication revolution” as a focus of analysis for their respective schools of thought. The communications revolution has meant the spread of technology, systems innovation, and the speed and quantity of messages. However, as we noted in the previous chapter the real revolution has been the communication revolution, explained in terms of a quest for satisfactory human interaction, rather than a communications revolution viewed through the lens of technological and institutional spread and growth. In other words, the cultural components ...

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