chapter  7
MICRO-ELECTRONIC REPRODUCTION: COMMUNICATION, THE FLOW OF INFORMATION AND USERS
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This chapter will focus on the introduction and early stages of the development of a key contemporary technology of culture-the emerging communication and information technologies based on the use of micro-electronics. It will consider the extent to which this technology is a cause and consequence of a convergence between the processes of cultural and social, including economic, reproduction. In short, it will use a study of communication technology as a point of entry to consider the question of whether or not there has been a qualitative transformation in the significance and functioning of the cultural sphere in contemporary society (Castells, 1983; Harvey, 1989; Jameson, 1984; Lash and Urry, 1987; Mulgan, 1991).