Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia

Communication and World Order Transformation

Ronald Deibert

Columbia University Press

Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia

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Pub Date: September 1997

ISBN: 9780231107136

334 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $37.00£27.00

Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia

Communication and World Order Transformation

Ronald Deibert

Columbia University Press

Interweaving media theory and historical analysis, this book explores the effect new digital-telecommunication technologies, which Deibert calls hypermedia, will have on the distribution of political power in the next century. Deibert tracks the transformation of Europe from the medieval to the modern and then turns to the hypermedia age, where new digital technologies such as the Internet, encryption, and high-resolution satellite imaging favor nonterritorial institutions and communities, shifting political authority and policymaking from individual nations to transnational corporations, global financial markets, and nongovernmental organizations and activists.

Depicts the links across some six centuries of history and a vast array of modern and postmodern concepts, leaving the reader with a keen sense of both the continuities and changes that have marked the human condition. The book is a 'must' read for anyone eager to probe beneath the surface of world affairs.

James N. Rosenau, George Washington University

Finalist, 1998 McGannon Book Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research

About the Author

Ronald Deibert is professor of political science at the University of Toronto.