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Rating the revolution: Silicon Valley in normative perspective

Duff, Alistair S.


Alistair S. Duff


Silicon Valley, California – home of Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and so on – is widely regarded as the epicentre of the information revolution. However, it is not just a technical or economic phenomenon; it has also made a social revolution. The article evaluates Silicon Valley from a normative perspective, seeking to
identify its real societal impact, negative as well as positive. A select review of significant literature is followed by exposition of primary data, based on in situ face-to-face interviews with Valley occupants; these range from the chief technology officer of a global brand to a homeless, unemployed Vietnam War veteran.
The article organises its findings under three headings: the nature of information revolution; iCapitalism as a new technoeconomic synthesis; and the normative crisis of the information society. It concludes with a warning about ongoing attempts to clone Silicon Valley around the world.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 11, 2016
Online Publication Date Feb 10, 2016
Publication Date 2016-11
Deposit Date Feb 25, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 11, 2017
Journal Information, Communication and Society
Print ISSN 1369-118X
Electronic ISSN 1468-4462
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 11
Pages 1605-1621
Keywords ICTs; political economy; social theory; surveillance/privacy;Silicon Valley; information society;
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Contract Date Jan 10, 2017


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