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Technologies without Boundaries

On Telecommunications in a Global Age

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674422025

Publication Date: 01/01/1990

283 pages

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  • Preface
  • Part I. Communications and the Changing Environment
    • 1. From Mass Media Revolution to Electronic Revolution
      • The Example of the Printing Press
      • The Era of Digital Communication
      • Information and the Second Industrial Revolution
      • The Consequences
    • 2. The New Communications Technologies
      • Defining a Communication System
      • Digital versus Analog Signals
      • Transmission Media
      • Spectrum
      • Satellites
      • Computer Message Processing
    • 3. Crumbling Walls of Distance
      • Instantaneous Communication
      • Wireless Transmission
    • 4. Limits to Growth
      • Spectrum: A Finite Resource?
      • Programming
    • 5. Talking and Thinking among People and Machines
      • The Concept of Computer
      • Computers and Communication
      • Interactive and Individualized Communication
  • Part II. Satellites, Computers, and Global Relations
    • 6. Communities without Boundaries
      • The Spatial Reorganization of Activity
      • The Global Flow of Mass Media
      • Person-to-Person Networks
      • International Information Retrieval Systems
    • 7. Regulating International Communication
      • Restrictions on Free Flow
      • The Protectionist Case
      • Charges of Cultural Imperialism from the Left and Right
      • Why American Television Succeeds Abroad
      • The Fallacies of Protection
      • The Diffusion of Centers of Activity
      • The Theory of Comparative Advantage
    • 8. Broadcasting from Satellites to Home Receivers: A Case Study
      • Direct versus Redistribution Broadcasting
      • Frequencies and Orbital Locations
      • Cooperative versus Unwanted Broadcasts
      • The American, Soviet, and Third-World Positions
    • 9. Communications for the Less Developed Countries
      • Do Poor Countries Need State-of-the-Art Technology?
      • A Four-Media Communications System
      • “Development Communication” versus Infrastructure
      • Organizing at the Grass Roots
      • Development Is Two-Way Communication
      • Managing the Communications Resource
      • Fostering Development in an Electronic Age
    • 10. Advanced Communications and World Leadership
      • Telecommunications and the Projection of National Power
      • Export of Telecommunications Hardware
      • Facilitation of World Trade
      • Trade in Knowledge
      • International Pressures on Communications Policies
      • The American Role
  • Part III. Ecology, Culture, and Communications Technology
    • 11. The Ecological Impact of Telecommunications
      • Communication and the Pattern of Urban Settlement
      • The Communications/Transportation Tradeoff
      • Megalopolis
      • Communications, an Abundant Resource
    • 12. Technology and Culture
      • Interaction and Diversity
      • The Future of the Book
      • Copyright
      • Some Recapitulations
  • Notes
  • Index

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