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Imaginary Futures free pdf Richard Barbrook examines the politics of our imagined futures. Countless books, films and TV shows have envisioned the future as a place where technology and artificial intelligence hold the key to human society. Tracing these1000visions back to the 1950s and 1960s, he shows how deeply they draw on the propaganda ideologies of the Cold War. As technology advanced, it was quickly co-opted for military purposes. Barbrook explores how the potentially subversive theory of cybernetics was transformed into the military-friendly project of 'artificial intelligence'. Capitalist growth became the root of the 'information society'. Barbrook places today's excitement about the web and other technological advances in a critical light. He shows how today's vision of the future is not new, and how it serves a specific political purpose - the advancement of US interests. By analysing the history of our imaginary futures, Barbrook also shows that we can invent our own improved visions of the future.

About Richard Barbrook

Richard Barbrook is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Westminster and also works for London Student Radio. He is the author of numerous papers, chapters and essays on media studies, politics, democracy and regulation.

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Author : Richard Barbrook
Publisher : Pluto Press
Data Published : 01 April 2007
ISBN : 0745326617
EAN : 9780745326610
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 336 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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