new or old?
size & shape
This guide deals with the information economy - the latest
of a succession of 'new' economies.
It highlights studies about the nature and dimensions
of e-business and the 'wired' economy, looking at issues
such as globalisation, the state, innovation, m-commerce,
the content industries and reportage of the internet boom.
contents of this guide
The following pages cover -
or old? - the uniqueness and characteristics of
the 'new' economy
& shape - detailed pointers to resources about
its size and shape
- information about globalisation
frameworks - an exploration of national and international
law in the 'borderless world'
state - the role of the state in the networked economy
- studies of innovation and competition in the new economy
- perspectives on the scale and frequency of change,
economic and otherwise
- internet business models: B2B, B2C, C2C
and outsourcing - economics, politics, administration
and contemporary angst about offshoring and outsourcing
- the latest mantra, probably the most problematical
of all. We consider examples and some of the more perceptive
- the shape of broadcasting, book and newspaper publishing
and other content industries in the age of the internet
- the services sector
- a map of major new economy advocacy groups in Australia
- an irreverent look at the 'new economy' business,
the black art of selling silicon snake oil to an eager
- underpinning the digital economy
- debate about 'the creatives'
- the industrial-academic, military-industrial and other
- consumption and the new economy
economy - energy use and supplies
- is the net and the 'information economy' necessary
cleaner and greener?
- the debtor's last gasp or a chance to catch breath
We are living in what is merely the latest of a succession
of 'new' economies - some argue that they appear every
fifty years or so.
Contrary to the apocalyptic vision of gurus such as George
Gilder or Nicholas Negroponte, digital technology doesn't
mean the end of the business cycle or represents a fundamental
break with the past. It also doesn't mean the death of
the state or the end of your bete noir (government,
small business, large corporations, take your pick). However
new technology does offer fresh opportunities - and new
This guide is more general than most on the Caslon Analytics
site. It looks at some of the features of the old/new
economy. And it draws together issues that recur in several
guides: the shape of regulation in the 'borderless world',
the rights and responsibilities of participants in the
economy, the impact of an economy in which information
is a major commodity.
The guide is under construction: particular pages will
be unavailable on occasion and the text will change.
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