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Digital depression : information technology and economic crisis / Dan Schiller.

By: Schiller, Dan, 1951- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: The geopolitics of information.Publisher: Urbana, Chicago : University of Illinois Press, 2014Description: 361 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780252080326 (paperback : alk. paper); 9780252038761 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Information technology | Economic policy | Economic development -- Technological innovations | Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009 | COMPUTERS / Information Technology | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Computer Industry | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic HistoryDDC classification: 338.926 SCH
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: pt. I DIGITAL CAPITALISM'S ASCENT TO CRISIS 1.Network Connectivity and Labor Systems 2.Networked Production and Reconstructed Commodity Chains 3.Networked Financialization 4.Networked Militarization pt. II THE RECOMPOSITION OF COMMUNICATIONS 5.The Historical Run-Up 6.Web Communications Commodity Chains 7.Services and Applications 8.The Sponsor System Resurgent 9.Growth amid Depression? pt. III GEOPOLITICS AND SOCIAL PURPOSE 10.A Struggle for Growth 11."A New Foreign Policy Imperative" 12.Taking Care of Business: The Internet at the U.S. Commerce Department
Summary: "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"--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 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"--
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Print version Schiller, Dan, 1951- Digital depression 9780252080326
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-348) and index.
Also issued online.
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph.
Specialized.
Electronic reproduction. Ipswich, MA. Available via World Wide Web.
English.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-348) and index.

Machine generated contents note: pt. I DIGITAL CAPITALISM'S ASCENT TO CRISIS
1.Network Connectivity and Labor Systems
2.Networked Production and Reconstructed Commodity Chains
3.Networked Financialization
4.Networked Militarization
pt. II THE RECOMPOSITION OF COMMUNICATIONS
5.The Historical Run-Up
6.Web Communications Commodity Chains
7.Services and Applications
8.The Sponsor System Resurgent
9.Growth amid Depression?
pt. III GEOPOLITICS AND SOCIAL PURPOSE
10.A Struggle for Growth
11."A New Foreign Policy Imperative"
12.Taking Care of Business: The Internet at the U.S. Commerce Department

"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"--

"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"--

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