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

Beyond Technological Fetishism: Towards a New Social and Media Order @Y2K+

Beyond technological fetishism: Towards a new social and media order @Y2K+

‘There is no want of knowledge respecting what is wisest and best in morals, government, and political economy, or at least what is wiser and better than what men now practice or endure. But … we want the creative faculty to imagine that which we know; we want the poetry of life; our calculations have outrun conception; we have eaten more than we can digest.’

(P.B. Shelly, A Defence of Poetry, cited in Williams, 1958: 59)

Mapping a New Millennium: The ‘Road Ahead’ in the Rear-View Mirror

It's wrap-up time. In this book, I have sought to interrogate key features of new communication technologies and information systems and ...

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