Commodities and People, Capital, Information and Technology
Chapter 8: Digital media: telephony, radio, television and the Internet
This chapter is devoted to the media and channels that have been developed and adopted for information transmission. The four major information media of telephony, radio, television and the Internet lead in the transmission of information in general, and in the international mobility of information in particular. Moreover, the daily and most significant dimension of global mobility for individuals worldwide is their connectivity to media of global communications. This global mobility of individuals is mostly carried out through mobile phones in general, and through smartphones connected to the Internet in particular, along with television as the leading mass medium. The chapter elaborates on the emergence and structure of all of these information media, followed by elaborations on their global spread and functioning, as well as on their transmission infrastructures via satellites and international cables. The order of discussions follows the original historical introduction of the four media.
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