Barney Warf

in Geography

ISBN: 9780199874002
Published online February 2013 | | DOI:

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Telecommunications—the electronic transmission of information over long distances—has a long and fascinating history stretching back to the invention of the telegraph in 1844. Since then, numerous technologies, from the telephone to the Internet, have exponentially increased the speed with which an ever larger number of people can share voice, data, and video data. However, telecommunications, which by definition permit two-way flows of information, should not be confused with the media, which generally allow only one-way flows. Geographers have long found telecommunications of interest because of the importance of such technologies in the folding of space and their impacts on various economic, political, and social phenomena. The earlier literature, often by nongeographers, pointed to the “death of distance,” a view that oversimplified the impacts of telecommunications and ignored other forces shaping geographical spaces and relations. Later works delved into the political economy of telecommunications in light of globalization, as well as the vast realm of cyberspace, which has had innumerable economic, political, and cultural effects.

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Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography ; Human Geography

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