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Author Fortier, François.

Title Virtuality check : power relations and alternative strategies in the information society / François Fortier.

Published London ; New York : VERSO, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.46 FORT    AVAILABLE
Physical description vii, 145 pages ; 20cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents II Discourse of Machines and Machines of Discourse 7 -- Perspectives 11 -- III Information Society or Control Society? 26 -- Subsuming Labour: Cybernetic Productivity 26 -- Trapping Consumers: No Free Cyber-Lunch 41 -- Influencing Audiences: The Cyber-Manufacturing of Consent 58 -- Watching Citizens: Cybernetic Technologies Indeed 69 -- IV Alternative Strategies 83.
Summary Information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the new economy they herald are generally either glorified as unprecedented opportunities for post-industrial enfranchisement, or vilified as a mirage conjured up for their own ends by those who run the world.
This book sets out to review the relationship between information technologies and society. It examines the development of ICTs and explores the ways in which they are used to subjugate workers, manipulate consumers, and extend media monopolies and commercial control. Heavily steered as they are towards the interests of the state and corporate sectors Francois Fortier argues that ICTs currently do little more than polarise economic and political power in an anti-democratic fashion. Yet alternative forms and uses of ICTs do exist and have been promoted by progressive social sectors for nearly two decades. Concluding with a study of these initiatives, Fortier proposes a new political economy of ICTs, aimed at facilitating rather than obstructing democracy.
Subject Information technology -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Internet -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Information society -- United States.
Variant Title Power relations and alternative strategies in the information society.
ISBN 1859846289