Politics in Wired Nations

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Transaction Publishers - Political Science - 395 pages
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Ithiel de Sola Pool was a pioneering social scientist, a distinguished scholar of the political process, and one of the most original thinkers in the development of the social sciences. Passionately engaged in politics, he continued his role of leadership throughout his life, building the MIT Political Science Department into an outstanding group. He organized international teams of social scientists and collaborated widely to develop the understanding of social change. He was a frequent adviser to governments as consultant and in-house critic, and a successful advocate of limits on government regulation. Politics in Wired Nations presents his writings on the social and political impact of different communication systems and new telecommunications technology. Included in this volume is the first study of trends in a global information society, and the first study of social networks and the "small world" phenomenon that creates new relationships and routes of informal influence and political power, both domestic and international. Pool's essays on the politics of foreign trade, the influence of American businessmen on Congress, and changeable "unnatural" institutions of the modern world (e.g., bureaucracies, mega-cities, and nation-states) are herein contained. Pool describes a nonviolent revolution in freedom and political control that is possible as the world changes from the era of one-way mass communications--targeted to national audiences--to a new era of abundant, high-capacity, low-cost, interactive, and user-controlled communications on a global scale. He discusses policy choices for freedom, the battlegrounds ahead, and the risks of government involvement in the regulation of new telecommunication technologies.

 

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Contents

Introduction to Political Communication
15
Changing Images The Role of Communications in the Process of Modernization
25
Newsmens Fantasies Audiences and Newswriting
29
Deterrence as an Influence Process
47
Contacts and Influence
59
American Politics Congress and Its Constituents
91
Trends in Content Analysis Today A Summary
119
Editors Introduction
161
Editors Introduction
241
Tracking the Flow of Information
249
The Public and the Polity
263
Citizen Feedback in Political Philosophy
291
Communication and Integrated Planning
305
Technology and Confusion The Satellite Broadcast Controversy in the UN
313
From Gutenberg to Electronics Implications for the First Amendment
329
Policies for Freedom
339

Foresight and Hindsight The Case of the Telephone
165
Communications Technology and Land Use
193
The Mass Media and Politics in the Modernization Process
207
Four Unnatural Institutions and the Road Ahead
227
Bibliography of the Works of Ithiel de Sola Pool
365
Index
387
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