Communication and Control

Communication and Control : Networks and the New Economics of Communication

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The book starts from the premise that the proliferation of communication technologies - fibre optic cables, satellites and computers is part of a revolution in the nature of control. It is a revolution whose outlines are only just becoming visible, and whose effects will be far-reaching. It is a revolution that poses new choices about how control is to be organized, choices between rigid and hierarchical approaches, and more flexible, devolved approaches. By delineating these types of control, Mulgan points out some of the key political and economic choices which must be confronted in the 1990s.
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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 579g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • glossary
  • 0745605370
  • 9780745605371

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Networks and post-industrial societies; the dynamics of electronic networks; communication and the limits of control; control economies; network technologies; the limits of free flow - commodities, computers and censorship; the limits of state control and deregulation; communicative values; standardization and flexibility; electromagnetic spectrum and electronic enclosures; transnational corporate networks; openness, closure and public control.
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