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Prometheus Wired

The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology

In Prometheus Wired, Darin Barney debunks claims that a networked society will provide the infrastructure for a political revolution and shows that the resources we need for understanding and making sound judgments about this new technology are surprisingly close at hand. By looking to thinkers who grappled with the relationship of society and technology, such as Plato, Aristotle, Marx, and Heidegger, Barney critically examines such assertions about the character of digital networks.

350 pages

Table of Contents



1 Prometheus Wired

2 On Technology

3 Networks

4 The Political Economy of Network Technology I

5 The Political Economy of Network Technology II

6 A Standing Reserve of Bits

7 Government, Politics, and Democracy: Network Technology as Stand-in Notes



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