The real future of the media
Maxwell, R. and Miller, T. (2012) The real future of the media. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 15 (3).
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When George Orwell encountered ideas of a technological utopia sixty-five years ago, he acted the grumpy middle-aged man:
Reading recently a batch of rather shallowly optimistic “progressive” books, I was struck by the automatic way in which people go on repeating certain phrases which were fashionable before 1914. Two great favourites are “the abolition of distance” and “the disappearance of frontiers”. I do not know how often I have met with the statements that “the aeroplane and the radio have abolished distance” and “all parts of the world are now interdependent” (1944).
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