ERIC Number: ED392663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
The End of Mass Society?: A Preface to Telecommunications Politics.
Triebwasser, Marc A.
This paper suggests that throughout human history technological revolutions have often created the potential for social revolutions as these new ways of doing things were applied to society. Often, it has been these changes in technology, more than ideology, that have created changes in the way human society is organized. The document contends people today are experiencing a telecommunications revolution that will have a major influence on the way they live. The paper divides the political interests into two camps: (1) the Internet camp with a decentralized approach to telecommunications development; and (2) the telephone and cable companies that seek to establish bottlenecks in the communications process to maintain near monopoly control. The sections in this paper include: (1)"The Technology"; (2) "Political Significance"; (3) "Economic Development"; (4) "Historic Relationship of Business and Government"; (5) "Television's Social and Political Effects"; (5) "The Current Situation"; and (6) "Conclusion." (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Chicago, IL, August 31-September 3, 1995).