Capitalism and the Information Age: The Political Economy of the Global Communication Revolution

Robert Waterman McChesney (Editor), Ellen Meiksins Wood (Editor), John Bellamy Foster (Editor)

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Abstract

Not a day goes by that we don’t see a news clip, hear a radio report, or read an article heralding the miraculous new technologies of the information age. The communication revolution associated with these technologies is often heralded as the key to a new age of “globalization.” How is all of this reshaping the labor force, transforming communications, changing the potential for democracy, and altering the course of history itself? Capitalism and the Information Age presents a rigorous examination of some of the most crucial problems and possibilities of these novel technologies. Taken together, the essays reveal how the new information technologies have been grafted onto a global capitalist system characterized by vast and growing inequality, economic stagnation, market saturation, financial instability, urban crisis, social polarization, graded access to information, and economic degradation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherMonthly Review Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)9780853459880, 9780853459897
StatePublished - Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes

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