356 European Journal of Communication 33(3) the great American tragedy; a society founded on freedom but built on slavery’ (p. xiv). In his book, Timcke focuses on the increased ‘deployment of digital coercion’ defined as ‘the various processes facilitated by digital technologies that greatly enable American rule’ (p. xiv). He discusses America’s military strategy that he labels as the ‘New American Way of War’ (p. xv). Some of its key features are as follows: ‘the quest for minimal democratic oversight, computationally aided global dragnet surveillance, auto- mated attempts to avert internal dissent, internal repression of vulnerable populations, and protracted conflicts abroad’ (p. xv). Timcke argues that investigating military and information technology is ‘one of the most urgent topics for Communication Studies’ (p. xv). The book is divided into an introduction and a conclusion, and six substantive chap- ters. Chapter 1 offers a material critique of digital society by using radical political econ- omy as a theoretical framework. Chapter 2 provides a brief history of US state formation. Chapter 3 then assesses recent US military budgets and policy statements with a focus on digital technologies such as automated lethal robotics. Chapters 4 and 5 delve into inter- nal and external
European Journal of Communication – SAGE
Published: Jun 1, 2018
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