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Digital depression : information technology and economic crisis

Author: Dan Schiller
Publisher: Urbana ; Chicago : University of Illinois Press, [2014] ©2014
Series: Geopolitics of information.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
Summary:
"A contradiction coils through the political economy: that today's financial and economic crisis began in the historical heartland of advanced information and communications technology (ICTs): the United States. It was not supposed to turn out this way. ICTs were to be the source of economic rejuvenation and uplift. Instead, the U.S., the historical driver of digital systems and services, originated what has become
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Genre/Form: Livres numériques
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Schiller
ISBN: 0252096711 9780252096716
OCLC Number: 1335026749
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (361 pages).
Contents: Introduction: A contradictory moment --
Network connectivity and labor systems --
Networked production and reconstructed commodity chains --
Networked financialization --
Networked militarization --
The historical run-up --
Web communications commodity chains --
Services and applications --
The sponsor system resurgent --
Growth amid depression? --
A struggle for growth --
"A new foreign policy imperative" --
Taking care of business: the internet at the U.S. commerce department --
Beyond a U.S.-centric internet? --
Accumulationand repression --
From geopolitics to social and political struggle.
Series Title: Geopolitics of information.
Responsibility: Dan Schiller.

Abstract:

"A contradiction coils through the political economy: that today's financial and economic crisis began in the historical heartland of advanced information and communications technology (ICTs): the United States. It was not supposed to turn out this way. ICTs were to be the source of economic rejuvenation and uplift. Instead, the U.S., the historical driver of digital systems and services, originated what has become the deepest and most prolonged slump since the 1930s. Today, a technological revolution is wrapped up inside an economic collapse: a digital depression. Whence did it come? Where are we headed? In Digital Depression, Dan Schiller continues his work on how networked systems and ICTs have transformed the global capitalist system. He focuses on the crisis tendencies of capitalism and confronts the contradictory matrix of technological revolution and economic stagnation that constitutes the contemporary political economy. After demonstrating digital technology's central role in the global political economy and connecting it to the rise of worldwide financial and military networks, Schiller surveys the digital communication industry before turning to the geopolitical significance of digital communication with an especially important insight on the U.S. policy apparatus and the rise of China as an oppositional force. Digital Depression demostrates that the forces at the heart of capitalism--exploitation, commodification, and inequality--along with militarization and surveillance are ongoing and accelerating within the networked political economy"--

"The financial crisis of 2007-08 shook the idea that advanced information and communications technologies (ICTs) as solely a source of economic rejuvenation and uplift, instead introducing the world to the once-unthinkable idea of a technological revolution wrapped inside an economic collapse. In Digital Depression, Dan Schiller delves into the ways networked systems and ICTs have transformed global capitalism during the so-called Great Recession. He focuses on capitalism's crisis tendencies to confront the contradictory matrix of a technological revolution and economic stagnation making up the current political economy and demonstrates digital technology's central role in the global political economy. As he shows, the forces at the core of capitalism--exploitation, commodification, and inequality--are ongoing and accelerating within the networked political economy"--

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