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Rating the revolution: Silicon Valley in normative perspective
  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.

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    10 February 2016

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    Taylor & Francis

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  • Library of Congress:

    HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    303 Social processes

  • Funders:

    Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland


Duff, A. S. (2016). Rating the revolution: Silicon Valley in normative perspective. Information, Communication and Society, 19(11), 1605-1621.



ICTs; political economy; social theory; surveillance/privacy;Silicon Valley; information society;

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