E-Topia as Cosmopolis or Citadel On the Democratizing and De-Democratizing Logics of the Internet, or, toward a Critique of the New Technological Fetishism

@inproceedings{Hand2002ETopiaAC,
  title={E-Topia as Cosmopolis or Citadel On the Democratizing and De-Democratizing Logics of the Internet, or, toward a Critique of the New Technological Fetishism},
  author={Martin Hand and Barry Sandywell},
  year={2002}
}
We present a critical appraisal of the impact of the Internet (and related information technologies) upon processes of democratization and de-democratization in contemporary society. We review accounts of `the information revolution' as these have become polarized into mutually exclusive rhetorics of future cosmopolitan or citadellian e-topias. We question the Manichean assumptions common to both rhetorics: particularly the fetishism of information technology as an intrinsically democratizing… CONTINUE READING

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