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By Raphael Sassower

This booklet explores electronic applied sciences from a particular postmodern standpoint. opposite to universal trust, Sassower argues that electronic applied sciences have allowed for the centralization of financial strength. extra, the place new electronic units provide the aptitude to precise freedom and produce approximately revolutions in addition they enable for expanding percentages for surveillance of electorate. The electronic age and the present country of the worldwide political financial system are for that reason associated and targeting the promise of latest applied sciences with no finding them of their political buildings and associations or fiscal realities could be deceptive and hazardous.

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Perhaps here is where incremental changes both to digital technologies’ development and to government regulation might be useful (Popper 1957). For Adam Smith the world of commerce functions best when all its members, whether within the village marketplace or in the international arena of trade, remain small enough not to affect the market as a whole. In this sense, decentralization means the assurance that power constellations do not form to gain unfair advantage when trading. He was worried about collusion and the conditions under which its impact is minimized, appealing to regulation (Smith 1937/1776, 691–696).

No longer tied to the radio or television console in one’s home, smartphones transmit the world’s news literally into one’s hand. The mobility of these devices compounds our distraction because they never leave us, whether we walk, jog, drive, or fly. Instant connectivity also ensures a constant barrage of advertisements, an incessant heap of temptations we can consume at the click of a finger. We no longer need to shop in stores or malls; we no longer need to encounter other people during this process of acquisition.

This comes close to what one sees in other sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, where giants like Monsanto control almost 90 percent of some genetically modified seeds. It could be argued that mega-corporations in the information industry provide cheaper product – at times even free – to consumers, since advertisers end up paying for distribution channels. Likewise, one could argue that mega-media corporations are not beholden to any political regime and therefore transcend local politics.

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