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Space Power and Information Superiority: A New Medium for Cultural Policy

Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy
Issue 102 (Feb 2002)

Abstract: Space is again a hot topic, with the resurrection of Ronald Reagan c Strategic Defense Initiative or 'Star Wars' missile shield, albeit under a new name, Integral to this drive and vital to its success are the deployment and use of communication technologies, and the control of flows of information. Both of these lake place in orbital, extraterrestrial space, a new front for warfare and a new medium for the new media of cyberspace and the internet. This paper traces this recent development and gives a critical account of the nationalist and militarist rhetoric in which ills couched. I argue that 'weaponisation' of space is in contravention of a number of international treaties. I conclude that 'astroenvironmentalism' should be a broadly based popular movement of resistance to these moves, and of action for the global commons of space owned by none and shared by all.

To cite this article: Giblett, Rod. Space Power and Information Superiority: A New Medium for Cultural Policy [online]. Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, No. 102, Feb 2002: 101-112. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=013608736822641;res=IELLCC> ISSN: 1329-878X. [cited 26 May 16].

Personal Author: Giblett, Rod; Source: Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, No. 102, Feb 2002: 101-112 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1329-878X Subject: Information warfare; Space warfare; Ballistic missile defenses; Space control (Military science); Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Senior Lecturer, School of Communications and Multimedia, Edith CowanUniversity

Database: Literature & Culture Collection