Digital Capitalism

Digital Capitalism Networking the Global Market System

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Publisher's Synopsis

The networks that comprise cyberspace were originally created at the behest of government agencies, military contractors and allied educational institutions. However, recently 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 existing social inqualities. Part III shows how cyberspace offers uniquely supple instruments with which to cultivate and deepen consumerism on a transnational scale, especially among privileged groups. Part IV shows how digital capitalism has overtaken education, placing it at the mercy of a proprietary market logic.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262194174
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 303.4833
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 658g
Height: 229mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 25mm