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Digital DepressionInformation Technology and Economic Crisis$
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Dan Schiller

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038761

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038761.001.0001

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A Struggle for Growth

A Struggle for Growth

(p.151) Chapter 10 A Struggle for Growth
Digital Depression

Dan Schiller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how efforts to corral network systems and services for the purpose of increased profitability introduced a new chapter in the geopolitics of information—one marked by intensifying struggles over control of the extraterritorial internet and of the industries that continued to pyramid around it. More specifically, it describes the emergence of extraterritorial internet connectivity as a site of sustained political contestation. It also explains how internet connectivity had been woven into the global political economy, enabling new commodities, altering state policy, and revamping the ways in which ordinary people worked, played, and communicated. It also considers rival efforts to shape the destiny of the overall political economy and U.S. capital's influence over both domestic and many transnational markets through preemptive appropriations of internet connectivity and an assertively helpful state.

Keywords:   network systems, information, extraterritorial internet, internet connectivity, political economy, capital, transnational markets, internet, profit

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