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By Lisa Parks, James Schwoch

Down to Earth offers the 1st finished evaluation of the geopolitical maneuvers, monetary investments, technological strategies, and ideological struggles that occur behind the curtain of the satellite tv for pc undefined. satellite tv for pc tasks that experience now not obtained wide coverage—microsatellites in China, WorldSpace in South Africa, SiriusXM, the mess ups of united states 193 and Cosmos 954, and Iridium—are explored. This assortment takes readers on a voyage via a really worldwide undefined, from the websites the place satellites are introduced to the company fresh rooms the place they're designed, and alongside the orbits and paths that satellites traverse. Combining a realistic advent to the mechanics of the satellite tv for pc undefined, a historical past of ways its practices and applied sciences have advanced, and a cosmopolitan theoretical research of satellite tv for pc cultures, Down to Earth opens up a brand new area for international media studies.

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It is my hope that the history charted here poses useful questions for future research about those connections, since addressing them lies beyond the scope of this chapter. That said, it is worth mentioning a few reasons for following the current line of analysis. 33 This chapter has considered how “air space” and “outer space” were produced by a field of government that subsequently underpinned and was reinvented through cyberspace. ”34 Cyberspace has operated as a technological zone not only of government but also for reinventing and “advancing” liberal government in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Just as the invention of air space and outer space occurred through various regimes and arrangements of transnational and global government, cyberspace also emerged as a prominent stage for advancing liberalism (historically and geographically), even as it problematized global, neoliberal government. A thorough genealogy of cyberspace might actually begin as far back as the ancient Greeks, who used the word “kybernetes” to mean a steersman or governor, or to early Western uses of the term “cybernetic” to refer to the art or science of government.

34 Cyberspace has operated as a technological zone not only of government but also for reinventing and “advancing” liberal government in the first decade of the twenty-first century. S. citizens or coordinating police operations on them. The technological zone of government that was at stake across the invention of air space, outer space, and cyberspace was international and, by the late twentieth century, global. The problem of maintaining this technological zone called forth successive agencies, standards, and regimes of international and global government.

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