The Democracy Gap: The Politics Of Information And Communication Technologies In The United States…

Hardcover | July 1, 1991

byJill Hills

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This work examines the political choices that surround the new technologies of telecommunications and broadcasting, and focuses on the essential issues of who determines how they are implemented and why, as well as who benefits from them. In its study of the distributional potential of these technologies, the book concentrates on the political and economic interests that are in conflict over the possibilities, and, in particular, on the ways in which the American and European governments have attempted to innovate, organize, and control information technology, telecommunications, and broadcasting. The technological innovation backed by industrialized governments, the authors contend, has largely served political and military interests rather than those of the general population. Written from the perspective of the individual citizen, the book argues that the emphasis by governments on industrial leadership has preempted concern for access, information, and accountability. Among the issues discussed are the impact that the globalization of industry is having on national sovereignty; the evolution of three international trading blocs through the standardization of high definition television and digital networks; the politics of cable and satellite transmission; and the convergence of broadcasting and telecommunications. This work offers a unique linkage between telecommunications, broadcasting, and information technology, and it argues that governments have lost sight of the informational underpinnings of the democratic process. Students of politics, international relations, political economy, and media studies will find this book to be an invaluable resource.

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This work examines the political choices that surround the new technologies of telecommunications and broadcasting, and focuses on the essential issues of who determines how they are implemented and why, as well as who benefits from them. In its study of the distributional potential of these technologies, the book concentrates on the p...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:July 1, 1991Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313261709

ISBN - 13:9780313261701

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"If you had to pick just one book as an introduction to the complexities of information and communication policy today, The Democracy Gap would be a good choice. For those unfamiliar with the policy literature, the book provides extremely accessible introductions to key institutional, regulatory, and conceptual structures."-Journal of Communication