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Digital Capitalism Networking the Global Market Systems

Digital Capitalism Networking the Global Market Systems - 99 edition

Digital Capitalism Networking the Global Market Systems - 99 edition

ISBN13: 9780262692335

ISBN10: 0262692333

Digital Capitalism Networking the Global Market Systems by Dan Schiller - ISBN 9780262692335
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: MIT Press
Published:
International: No
Digital Capitalism Networking the Global Market Systems by Dan Schiller - ISBN 9780262692335

ISBN13: 9780262692335

ISBN10: 0262692333

Edition: 99

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Summary

The networks that comprise cyberspace were originally created at the behest of government agencies, military contractors, and allied educational institutions. Over the past generation or so, however, a growing number of these networks began to serve primarily corporate users. Under the sway of an expansionary market logic, the Internet began a political-economic transition toward what Dan Schiller calls "digital capitalism."

Schiller traces these metamorphoses through three critically important and interlinked realms. Parts I and II deal with the overwhelmingly "neoliberal" or market-driven policies that influence and govern the telecommunications system and their empowerment of transnational corporations while at the same time exacerbating exisiting social inequalities. Part III shows how cyberspace offers uniquely supple instruments with which to cultivate and deepen consumerism on a transnational scale, especially among privileged groups. Finally, Part IV shows how digital capitalism has already overtaken education, placing it at the mercy of a proprietary market logic.