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Technologies of Freedom (Belknap Press) Paperback – January 31, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0674872332 ISBN-10: 0674872339 Edition: Reprint

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  • Series: Belknap Press
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press; Reprint edition (January 31, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674872339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674872332
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam Thierer on February 2, 2009
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This technological tour de force is simply breathtaking in its polemical power and predictive capabilities. Reading this book more than 20 years after it was published, one comes to believe that Pool must have possessed a crystal ball or had a Nostradamus-like ability to foresee the future.

For example, long before anyone else had envisioned what we now refer to as "cyberspace," Pool was describing it in this book. "Networked computers will be the printing presses of the twenty-first century," he argued in his remarkably prescient chapter on electronic publishing. "Soon most published information will disseminated electronically." Few probably believed him in 1983, but no one doubts him now. Meanwhile, he did all this while also providing a passionate defense of technological freedom and freedom of speech in the electronic age. If you care about those things, read this book. It is a masterpiece.

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This is an extraordinary analysis of the contemporary media world and of all forces whose are influencing media. Written in 1983 it is still actual and fresh point of view on the regulatory processes and political control over media and technology.
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