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Teenagers today are proto-Derrideans and Baudrillardians-in-the-making, entirely comfortable with the idea of constructed worlds, created realities, and de-centred selves, since most of their communications experience is through the de-centred, hyper-real environment of digital-electronic computer networks. Whereas English professors and philosophers write about created worlds and multiple realities, youths today experience them directly as downloaded “shareware” games, such as Doom and Quake. As this hypermedia environment deepens and expands, the ideas of postmodernism will resonate and flourish, as predominant a spatial bias in the future as was the precise linearity of the early modern period.
It tells us why ardently faithful National Hockey League franchises in Winnipeg and Quebec are moved south of the border to such hockey oases as Arizona, North Carolina, and Nashville while Fox Network broadcasts of hockey games feature the “glowing” puck. It highlights, in other words, the political economy of global communications. What, if any, are the limitations of the Marxist theories of global communications? Critics argue that Marxist approaches are too reductionist, meaning that everything is seen through the lens of the mode of production and economic class.
Innis, The Bias of Communication (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1951), 31 (as quoted in csis report, 13); and csis report, 13. , 8. , 8–9. 5 I have drawn on the definitions of interconnectivity, decentralization, acceleration, and amplification from David J. Rothkopf, “Cyberpolitik: The Changing Nature of Power in the Information Age,” Journal of International Affairs 51, no. 2 (Spring 1998): 334–6. On hypertextuality, see Derrick de Kerckhove, Connected Intelligence: The Arrival of Web Society (Toronto: Somerville House Publishing, 1997), xxviii.