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Digital Universe. The Global Telecommunication Revolution

  • ID: 2248701
  • Book
  • February 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Digital Universe traces the evolution of digital information and communication tools used worldwide, from Morse s telegraph to the emergence of mobile phones as personal computers, and their seismic effects on society. Critical perspectives of the diffusion of these technologies are explored, including the dark side of the Internet; privacy, piracy, censorship and the digital divide, as well as the advent of online games, and virtual and augmented realities.

This illuminating text introduces readers to important inventors, scientists, artists, and critics, offering a unique blend of technology, its socio–cultural effects, its history, and the human face of invention and criticism. This is more than a how–to book, it is an empowering  tour of the digital universe offering critical observations and new perspectives on human communication and intelligence.

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Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Some Key Terms xi

Part I Introduction and Framing 1

1 The Digital Universe: A "Quick–Start" Introduction 3

2 Thinking About Moore′s Law 14

3 Critical Perspectives 25

Part II Internet and Web History 41

4 Origins of the Internet 43

5 Internet Evolution 64

6 The Web 82

Part III Telecommunication and Media Convergence 103

7 Telecommunication and the "Flat" World 105

8 Digital Media Convergence 127

Part IV Internet Control, Cyberculture, and Dystopian Views 143

9 The Public and Private Internet 145

10 Censorship and Global Cyberculture 168

11 The Dark Side 186

Part V New Communication Technologies and the Future 205

12 Wired and Wireless Technologies 207

13 Virtual and Augmented Worlds 226

14 The Future of the Digital Universe 253

Index 270

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Peter B. Seel
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