Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia

Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia

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Interweaving media theory and historical analysis, this book explores the effect new digital-telecommunication technologies, which Deibert calls hypermedia, will have on the distribution of political power in the next century. Deibert tracks the transformation of Europe from the medieval to the modern and then turns to the hypermedia age, where new digital technologies such as the Internet, encryption, and high-resolution satellite imaging favor nonterritorial institutions and communities, shifting political authority and policymaking from individual nations to transnational corporations, global financial markets, and nongovernmental organizations and activists.... machine, a gas pump, a butchera#39;s scale, a juke box, a typewriter, a doorbell, a thermostat, even, if there was a reason, a rock. ... a single semiconductor chip.56 Although there are physical limits to such trends, researchers believe that the progression will continue into the ... can handle up to a billion instructions per second.58 In 1970, a disk pack the size of a birthday cake Emergence of Hypermedia 125.

Title:Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia
Author: Ronald J. Deibert
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2013-08-13

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