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The idea of empire became truly contemptible by the late1960s,-especially when the US was seen in some quarters to be hypocritically shoring it up in its entanglement in Vietnam. The author argues that before the industrial revolution and then in a transformed way with the rise of the information technology revolution, two temporal empires have ruled over the inhabitants of the modern economies and societies: one based upon the clock and the other upon a ubiquitous information network that comprises the 'network society' and what the author have elsewhere called 'network time'. This book is concerned with the nature, role and function of liberal democratic politics in the context of a high-speed networked society. The connection between temporality and democracy is of course central to the author thesis. Moreover, neoliberalism pervades a global media that serves as its primary ideological vector.

Keywords: high-speed networked society; information technology revolution; liberal democracy; neoliberalism; network time; temporality



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