Tanner Mirrlees is an associate professor of communications and digital media studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Shahid Alvi is a professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
Recent decades have seen a sustained political assault on education, stripping it of its wider social purpose and reducing it to a personal investment and instrumental training for work. The progressive application of digital technologies have played a central role in redefining teaching and learning. Based on a very clear political economy of communications framework, the authors of this book demonstrate in detail how innovations have served the wider neo-liberal reorganisation of contemporary capitalism. Anyone concerned with the construction of the future needs to read it and respond. -- Graham Murdock, Loughborough University and Vice President of the International Association of Communication and Media Research (IAMCR) This book offers a unique and timely study of the interrelationships between digital platform industries and higher education. It breaks new ground by providing a critical analysis of the latest information-communication technological trends in higher education from a political economy approach -- Marko Ampuja, Tampere University and University of Helsinki