A prescient examination of the relationship between the Internet and the economyone that has become even more relevant since its publication in hardcoverthe book argues that capitalism's colonization of the Internet has spurred the collapse of credible journalism and made the Internet an unparalleled apparatus for government and corporate surveillance.
“A provocative and far-reaching account of how capitalism has shaped the Internet in the United States” (Kirkus Reviews) and “an excellent analysis of the problem where a medium with the capacity to empower people is itself becoming a tool of social control” (Daily Kos), Digital Disconnect is both a groundbreaking critique of the Internet and an urgent call to reclaim the democratizing potential of the digital revolution while we still can.
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About the Author
Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of several books on the media, including the award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy and Communication Revolution. He lives in Champaign, Illinois.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
1 What Is the Elephant in the Digital Room? 1
2 Does Capitalism Equal Democracy? 23
3 How Can the Political Economy of Communication Help Us Understand the Internet? 63
4 The Internet and Capitalism I: Where Dinosaurs Roam? 96
5 The Internet and Capitalism II: Empire of the Senseless 130
6 Journalism Is Dead! Long Live Journalism? 172
7 Revolution in the Digital Revolution? 216