Misunderstanding Media Hardback
Part of the Routledge Library Editions: Cultural Studies series
The 1980s saw constant reports of an information revolution.
This book, first published in 1986, challenges this view.
It argues that the information revolution is an illusion, a rhetorical gambit, an expression of profound historical ignorance, and a movement dedicated to purveying misunderstanding and disseminating disinformation.
In this historically based attack on the information revolution, Professor Winston takes a had look at the four central information technologies - telephones, television, computers and satellites.
He describes how these technologies were created and diffused, showing that instead of revolution we just have `business as usual'.
He formulates a `law' of the suppression of radical potential - a law which states that new telecommunication technologies are introduced into society only insofar as their disruptive potential is contained.
Despite the so-called information revolution, the major institutions of society remain unchanged, and most of us remain in total ignorance of the history of technology.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 424 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/09/2016
- Category: Cultural studies
- ISBN: 9781138699984
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