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Through the lens of culture, The Internet of Elsewhere looks at the role of the Internet as a catalyst in transforming communications, politics, and economics. Cyrus Farivar explores the Internet's history and effects in four distinct and, to some, surprising societies—Iran, Estonia, South Korea, and Senegal. He profiles Web pioneers in these countries and, at the same time, surveys the environments in which they each work. After all, contends Farivar, despite California's great success in creating the Internet and spawning companies like Apple and Google, in some areas the United States is still years behind other nations.

Surprised? You won't be for long as Farivar proves there are reasons that:

  • Skype was invented in Estonia—the same country that developed a digital ID system and e-voting;
  • Iran was the first country in the world to arrest a blogger, in 2003;
  • South Korea is the most wired country on the planet, with faster and less expensive broadband than anywhere in the United States;
  • Senegal may be one of sub-Saharan Africa's best chances for greater Internet access.

The Internet of Elsewhere brings forth a new complex and modern understanding of how the Internet spreads globally, with both good and bad effects.

Synopsis:

Though satellites are now used by a wide array of entertainment, communications, and information technologies, from radio stations to GPS devices, the business of making, launching, and maintaining satellites is still shrouded in mystery. Down to Earth presents the first comprehensive overview of the geopolitical maneuvers, financial investments, scientific innovations, and ideological struggles that take place behind the scenes of this fascinating industry.

Synopsis:

Down to Earth presents the first comprehensive overview of the geopolitical maneuvers, financial investments, technological innovations, and ideological struggles that take place behind the scenes of the satellite industry. Satellite projects that have not received extensive coverageandmdash;microsatellites in China, WorldSpace in South Africa, SiriusXM, the failures of USA 193 and Cosmos 954, and Iridiumandmdash;are explored. This collection takes readers on a voyage through a truly global industry, from the sites where satellites are launched to the corporate clean rooms where they are designed, and along the orbits and paths that satellites traverse. Combining a practical introduction to the mechanics of the satellite industry, a history of how its practices and technologies have evolved, and a sophisticated theoretical analysis of satellite cultures, Down to Earth opens up a new space for global media studies.

Synopsis:

Through the lens of culture, The Internet of Elsewhere looks at the role of the Internet as a catalyst in transforming communications, politics, and economics. Cyrus Farivar explores the Internet's history and effects in four distinct and, to some, surprising societies-Iran, Estonia, South Korea, and Senegal. He profiles Web pioneers and surveys the environments in which they each work. Farivar contends that despite California's great success in creating the Internet and spawning companies like Apple and Google, in some areas the United States is still years behind other nations.

About the Author

Cyrus Farivar is the host of Spectrum, Deutsche Welle English's internationally syndicated science and technology radio program. As a freelance technology journalist, he also regularly reports for National Public Radio, The World (WGBH/PRI/BBC), and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

I Concepts and Cartographies

1. The Invention of Air Space, Outer Space, and Cyberspace

2. Dethroning the View from Above

3. The Geostationary Orbit

4. andldquo;Freedom to Communicateandrdquo;

5. The NAVSTAR Global Positioning System

6. Satellites, Oil, and Footprints

II Satellite Mediascapes

7. From Satellite to Screen

8. Beyond the Terrestrial?

9. Crossing Borders

10. WorldSpace Satellite Radio and the South African Footprint

11. Content vs. Delivery

III Orbital Matters

12. When Satellites Fall

13. AFP-731 or The Other Night Sky

14. Microsatellites

15. Disjecta Membra, the Kandaacute;rmandaacute;n Line, and the 38th Parallel

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813549620
Author:
Farivar, Cyrus
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Author:
Akhavan, Niki
Author:
Cerf, Vinton G.
Author:
Parks, Lisa
Author:
Schwoch, James
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Iranian Internet
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
New Directions in International Studies
Series Volume:
The Cultural Politic
Publication Date:
20110608
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 illustrations
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Children's » Activities » General
Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » Social Aspects » General
Computers and Internet » Internet » General
Computers and Internet » Internet » Information
Computers and Internet » Internet » Web Publishing
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Social Science » Developing Countries
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » Technology
Science and Mathematics » Popular Science » Computer Science

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"Synopsis" by ,

Though satellites are now used by a wide array of entertainment, communications, and information technologies, from radio stations to GPS devices, the business of making, launching, and maintaining satellites is still shrouded in mystery. Down to Earth presents the first comprehensive overview of the geopolitical maneuvers, financial investments, scientific innovations, and ideological struggles that take place behind the scenes of this fascinating industry.

"Synopsis" by ,

Down to Earth presents the first comprehensive overview of the geopolitical maneuvers, financial investments, technological innovations, and ideological struggles that take place behind the scenes of the satellite industry. Satellite projects that have not received extensive coverageandmdash;microsatellites in China, WorldSpace in South Africa, SiriusXM, the failures of USA 193 and Cosmos 954, and Iridiumandmdash;are explored. This collection takes readers on a voyage through a truly global industry, from the sites where satellites are launched to the corporate clean rooms where they are designed, and along the orbits and paths that satellites traverse. Combining a practical introduction to the mechanics of the satellite industry, a history of how its practices and technologies have evolved, and a sophisticated theoretical analysis of satellite cultures, Down to Earth opens up a new space for global media studies.

"Synopsis" by , Through the lens of culture, The Internet of Elsewhere looks at the role of the Internet as a catalyst in transforming communications, politics, and economics. Cyrus Farivar explores the Internet's history and effects in four distinct and, to some, surprising societies-Iran, Estonia, South Korea, and Senegal. He profiles Web pioneers and surveys the environments in which they each work. Farivar contends that despite California's great success in creating the Internet and spawning companies like Apple and Google, in some areas the United States is still years behind other nations.
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