Society on the Line: Information Politics in the Digital Age

Paperback | November 1, 1998

EditorWilliam Dutton

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Society on the Line presents a new way of thinking about the social and economic implications of the revolution in information and communication technologies (ICTs). It offers a clear overview of information in the digital age, and explains how social and technical choices about ICTs influenceaccess to information, people, services, and technologies themselves. The author calls this process `the shaping of tele-access' and shows how the concept challenges prevailing theoretical perspectives of the information and communication revolution. His clear, informed and challenging analysis ranges from the household; through the workplace and businessorganization; to the media as new information providers; and to government policies on information and economic strategy. In doing so he touches on important issues of information inequality, privacy, censorship, the Internet; information and organizational design; and information in the communityand public policy. The main text is fully supported by case studies, boxed information, and essays written by leading ICT experts on both sides of the Atlantic. This accessible and useful book offers an invaluable guide to the information politics of the digital age. Pre-publication Endorsements `Society on the Line is a very useful book that organizes and analyses clearly and cogently a substantial body of relevant documentation. It will become required reading in universities around the world.' Manuel Castells, Professor of Sociology, University of California; author of the The Rise of the Network Society `...a fascinating perspective...which provokes fresh consideration of the issues. By showing us how to identify the games being played in the on-line environment, Dutton helps us focus on the pressure points for achieving respect for our information. Privacy need not be at risk as ICTs areexploited.The more we understand the drivers for change, the more we can influence the information handling culture which is emerging.' Elizabeth France, UK Data Protection Registrar

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Society on the Line presents a new way of thinking about the social and economic implications of the revolution in information and communication technologies (ICTs). It offers a clear overview of information in the digital age, and explains how social and technical choices about ICTs influenceaccess to information, people, services, an...

William H. Dutton, Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, was National Director of the UK's Programme on Information and Communication Technologies while a Visiting Professor at Brunel University. He is the author of Wired Cities and Computers and Politics.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198774605

ISBN - 13:9780198774600

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Table of Contents

Part I. A New Perspective of the Information Revolution1. Introduction: Tele-Access - The Outcome of an Ecology of Games2. Information Politics, Technology and SocietyPart II. Social Dimensions of the Technical: Social, Cultural, and Political Processes Shaping Tele-Access3. Technologies Shaping Tele-Access: A Force for Social Change4. The Social Shaping of Tele-Access: Inventing our FuturesPart III. Tele-Access in Business, Management and Work5. The Reach and Boundaries of Business and Management: Virtual Organizations6. Redesigning the Workplace: Challenging Geographical and Cultural Constraints on AccessPart IV. Public Access in Politics, Governance, and Education7. Digital Democracy: Electronic Access to Politics and Services8. Knowledge Access: Reconfiguring Users and Producers in Teaching and ResearchPart V. The Virtual City: Shaping Access in Everyday Life9. The Intelligent Household: For Richer or Poorer10. Wiring the Global VillagePart VI. Industrial Strategies and Public Policies11. Regulating Access: Broadening the Policy Debate12. The Politics of Tele-Access: Social Relations in a Network SocietyGlossaryBibliography

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`This book was quite obviously designed as a practical tool and is structured to allow its readers to easily find their way around a complex subject matter... extremely rich bibliography... very practical index... useful glossary and a multitude of box-type summaries and synthetical tables togive a quick picture of a given phenomenon, contrast various approaches or illustrate a concrete example. Dutton's work will undeniably prove useful to all those seeking a general framework of analysis to apprehend and understand the social upheavals ICTs may bring about. Thanks to its syntheticalnature and the diversity and quality of the contributions it unites, Society on the Line should become a refernce work for a great many students as well as specialists in the field who will be able to consult it with interest to help clarify their thoughts on specific points.'Communications and Strategies Issue 37.