It is especially a characteristic of the communications systems that all were foreseen - not in utopian but in technical ways - before the crucial components of the developed systems had been discovered and refined. In no way is this a history of communications systems creating a new society or new social conditions. The decisive and earlier transformation of industrial production, and its new social forms, which had grown out of a long history of capital accumulation and working technical improvements, created new needs but also new possibilities, and the communications systems, down to television, were their intrinsic outcome.
Monday, September 13, 2004
One of my favourite popular culture critics has always been Raymond Williams. Today I want to share a slice from his article "The Technology and the Society", reprinted in The New Media Reader: