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Political Economy of Information
Edited by Vincent Mosco and Janet Wasko

"A very useful and thought-provoking collection of essays that addresses aspects of the information economy too long ignored by communication researchers."Journalism Quarterly

The "information society" is real. Information—as a marketable commodity—is quickly taking up the powerful role once held by heavy industry and manufactured products. How this revolution is affecting society, and how society and government are responding to it, is the subject of this book. Its lessons and conclusions are of critical importance as we enter the last decade of this century.

Every dimension of social life, whether in the home or the workplace, is affected by information and the technologies that give it market value. Along with the positive aspects of these broad changes, there are inevitable problems: the growing gap between the "information rich" and "information poor," the need for widespread access to communication and information technology, the threat to individual privacy, and the potential of the technology to create global instabilities. The editors have enlisted specialists and scholars in business, communications studies, computing and information science, economics, law, library science, political science, and sociology to examine these changes and problems by looking at information specifically as a commodity to be traded, protected, and desired.


Vincent Mosco is professor of sociology and Canda Research Chair in Communication and Society at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. He is the author and editor of many books, including The Political Economy of Communication and The Digital Sublime: Myth, Power, and Cyberspace, which won the 2005 Olson Award for outstanding book in the field of rhetoric and cultural studies. Janet Wasko is professor in the school of journalism and communication, as well as the Knight Chair in Communication Research at the University of Oregon. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of many books, including of A Companion to Television and Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy.

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July 1988
LC: 87-040369 P
342 pp. 6 x 9
ISBN-10: 0-299-11574-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-11574-6
Paper $12.95 s

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