The Information Society
Cyber Dreams and Digital Nightmares
By (author) Robert Hassan
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Information Society by Robert Hassan
Book DescriptionWhat are we to make of the information society? Many prominent theorists have argued it to be the most profound and comprehensive transformation of economy, culture and politics since the rise of the industrial way of life in the 18th century. Some saw its arrival in a positive light, where the dreams of democracy, of 'connectivity' and 'efficiency' constituted a break with the old ways. But other thinkers viewed it more in terms of the recurrent nightmare of capitalism, where the processes of exploitation, commodification and alienation are given much freer rein than ever before. In this book Robert Hassan, a prominent theorist in new media and its effects, analyses and critically appraises these positions and forms them into a coherent narrative to illuminate the phenomenon. Surveying the works of major information society theorists from Daniel Bell to Nicholas Negroponte, and from Vincent Mosco to Manuel Castells, The Information Society is an invaluable resource for understanding the nature of the information society-as well as the meta-processes of neoliberal globalisation and the revolution in information technologies that made it possible.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745641805
(205mm x 151mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert Hassan
Information Society, Hardback (September 2008)
What are we to make of the information society? Many prominent theorists have argued it to be the most profound and comprehensive transformation of economy, culture and politics since the rise of the industrial way of life in the 18th century.
New Media Theory Reader, Paperback (September 2006)
The study of new media opens up some of the most fascinating issues in contemporary culture. This work brings together key readings on new media - what it is, where it came from, how it affects our lives, and how it is managed. It encourages readers to pay attention to the 'new' in new media, as well as consider it as a historical phenomenon.
Media, Politics and the Network Society, Paperback (March 2004)» View all books by Robert Hassan
What is the network society? What are the competing forces in the network society, and how are they reshaping the world? Using the ideas in media theory, cultural studies and the politics of the 'networked civil society', this work argues that the network society is steeped with contradictions and in a state of deep flux.
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Author Biography - Robert Hassan
Robert Hassan is Senior Researcher in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne.
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