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ERIC Number: EJ794026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-11
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
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Summers, John
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n31 pB5 Apr 2008
In this article, the author expresses his opinion that the Internet is completing the newspapers' project of seizing mass attention. In the absence of real solidarity, it multiplies the technological functions of the psyche. Often the results are felt as a minor irony: While machines make communicating more efficient, they drastically increase the volume of communication. The feeling of technical power generates no equivalent political or moral resources. It also brings together spammers, spies, and misanthropes who find and exploit new tools of seduction and surveillance. The mob mentality, always a part of democracy, is no longer organized around the newspaper; now it finds itself online.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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