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

Culture and Information: Postmodernisms and the Public Sphere

Culture and information: Postmodernisms and the public sphere

‘We might speak here of a kind of “event strike” … That the work of history has ceased to function … That the information system is taking over the baton from History and starting to produce the event … This is the point … where events do not really take place precisely because they are produced and broadcast “in real time”, where they have no meaning because they can have all possible meanings. We have, therefore, to grasp them now … at the point where they become lost in the void of information.

(Baudrillard, 1998: emphasis in the original)

The ‘Postmodern Temper’ in Social and Cultural Realms

Although Daniel Bell's information society theory ...

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