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Parchment, Printing and Hypermedia: Communication and World Order Transformation

Parchment, Printing and Hypermedia: Communication and World Order Transformation

Paperback New Directions in World Politics

By (author) Ronald Deibert

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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 334 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231107137
  • ISBN 13: 9780231107136
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 4 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,516,992

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Interweaving media theory and historical analysis, this book explores the effect new digital-telecommunication technologies, which Deibert calls hypermedia, will have on the distribution of political power in the next century. Deibert tracks the transformation of Europe from the medieval to the modern and then turns to the hypermedia age, where new digital technologies such as the Internet, encryption, and high-resolution satellite imaging favor nonterritorial institutions and communities, shifting political authority and policymaking from individual nations to transnational corporations, global financial markets, and nongovernmental organizations and activists.

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RONALD DEIBERT is professor of political science at the University of Toronto.

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Depicts the links across some six centuries of history and a vast array of modern and postmodern concepts, leaving the reader with a keen sense of both the continuities and changes that have marked the human condition. The book is a 'must' read for anyone eager to probe beneath the surface of world affairs.