Thirty years ago, one writer complained that ‘to admire technology is all out of fashion’. Today excited claims are made for the impact that these technologies are having on social, political and economic life. But how are we to assess these claims? This book critically interrogates many of the prevailing ideas and offers a fresh perspective on this new ‘digital age’. Reshaping Communications: Provides an alternative and more grounded account of the complex interplay between new technology and information structures and changes in society; Illuminates the fundamental continuities as well as changes in socioeconomic and political processes; Draws on an interdisciplinary perspective

Information as New Frontier: Commodification and Consumption Stakes

Information as new frontier: Commodification and consumption stakes

‘High Technology can distribute low culture: no problem. But high culture can persist at a low level of technology: that is how most of it was produced … In a period of what is certain to be major technical innovation in cultural production and consumption and in information systems of every kind, it will be essential to move beyond these old terms.’

(Williams, 1983: 128)

‘New Frontiers’: Cultural Content and Informational Capitalism

The development and diffusion of new ICT and related shifts in the nontechnical dimensions of the innovation process seem certain to involve a significant expansion in the role of information and communication services. This forecast is not only based on inherent ...

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