The arrival of the information highway has been hyped as the greatest change in how humans live and work since we captured fire. What are its implications for Canadian society?
The authors present a thought-provoking examination of the new digital technologies, considering particularly the effects they might be expected to have on employment, sovereignty, community and culture in Canada. They trace the information highway back to its military origin, guide readers through the maze of corporate players promoting its development, and stop to explore the wide-open culture of the internet.
Lost in Cyberspace? is a pioneering look at the influence of new digital technologies on Canadian society.
"...thought-provoking...the critique they offer is unique because it is stridently left-wing...the authors are wonderfully self-conscious as the consider the place of technology in contemporary society."
"Insights abound in Lost in Cyberspace: Canada and the Information Revolution.
"The strengths of the book are that it covers the significant policy, economic, and cultural issues with an eye to both historical events and social concerns which have shaped and are shaping current thinking on these issues. As well, the authors are good at questioning the status quo, what we really know, and where we want to go."
Lost in Cyberspace? cuts through the hype to uncover the real challenges of the new communications technologies. Thoughtful and thought-provoking.
"Lost in Cyberspace? is most concerned with the need to bring Canadian public interest 'into play' in the communications revolution. The authors adbocate, among othe rmeasures, the prohibition of vertical integration in the communication industry."