Journal article

The space economy of convergence

R Hassan

Convergence | Published : 2000

Abstract

The convergence of satellite, telephony and computer technologies has been hailed by many as the catalyst for the Information Technology revolution. However, convergence, like the term globalisation, is a much-used and much-abused term; and convergence, like globalisation is usually merely asserted as a factor in a vague and unexplained way. Why did convergence take place at the time and in the manner it did? This paper will set out to construct a theory of convergence and argue that the convergence process has its genesis in a much wider economic and political dynamic - that is to say the 'crisis of space' that occurred in the mid- to late-1970s. The economic and political 'resolution' to t..

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