Change and continuity in the “information age”
Salter, L. (2008) Change and continuity in the “information age”. Global Media and Communication, 4 (1). pp. 83-94. ISSN 1742-7665 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/7471
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742766507086854
This review article looks at three books about continuity and change in the so-called “information age”. Following Dan Schiller’s work, it concurs that consideration of the “information age” must be grounded in a historical-materialist understanding of post ww2 capitalist crises, a perspective that receives very little attention in research on media and information. It shows that whilst Schiller’s considerations are important, Sarah Bramman’s work on the state and information “security” highlights a gap in Schiller’s work, in terms of how Schiller’s economic emphasis declines to consider issues of state repression.