By Richard Barbrook
'A compelling, authoritative, and painstakingly documented narrative, Imaginary Futures lines the emergence of the pc period within the context of desperately competing ideologies, economics, and empires. this can be a paintings of passionate and persuasive scholarship via a latest social theorist on the best of his game.'
Douglas Rushkoff, writer, Coercion, Media Virus, come again within the Box.
'Imaginary Futures provides perception into how the dominant utopias of at the present time have been formed during the chilly battle and served the ideological wishes of the elites. whereas the chilly warfare West had a more robust current, it was once the Soviet East which had a imaginative and prescient of the longer term. the discovery of a Western utopia turned a massive think about the fight for international power.'
Boris Kagarlitsky, Senior study Fellow, Institute for Comparative Political experiences, Russian Academy of Sciences
-- the long run is now--
Richard Barbrook argues that, on the top of the chilly conflict, the americans invented a really progressive software: the web. but, for all of its libertarian strength, hi-tech technology quickly turned a device of geopolitical dominance. the remainder of the area was once anticipated to stick with America's course into the networked destiny.
Today, we are nonetheless informed that the web is growing the knowledge society. Barbrook exhibits how we will be able to reclaim its progressive function: how the DIY ethic of the web may help humans form details applied sciences of their personal curiosity and reinvent their very own, stronger visions of the future.
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Imaginary Futures: From Thinking Machines to the Global Village by Richard Barbrook