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Lec 9 - Dismantling Utopia

Lec 9 - Dismantling Utopia - Dismantling Utopia How...

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Dismantling Utopia How Information Ended the Soviet Union
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Update : Causal Arguments State-centered factors Press Independence ■ Political incentives Political Economy factors Reliance on government sources ■ Ownership ■ Audience appeal Sociological / Constructivist approaches Professional norms International factors Global media coverage ■ global civil society ■ international economic competition economic globalization Technological factors Technological revolutions change information availability ■ structure of information
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Review Discussion Questions With respect to the “dictator’s dilemma” of the internet, techno-libertarians have argued that its adoption will inevitably undermine authoritarian control, while others have argued that authoritarian states can shape and control its use. Based on what you have seen thus far, what do you think?
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