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The Role of Geography in the Information Economy: The Case of Multimedia


  • Gerhard Fuchs


This article will examine the claims regarding the nature of work in the emerging information society. Particularly, it will be concerned with challenging the “Death of Distance” thesis presented by F. Cairncross (1997), Beck (1998), and others. This view suggests that geography and especially the location of work is increasingly irrelevant to the nature and conditions of labor in the information age. The problem with such an assessment is that it creates the idea that this is the emergent nature of labor for the vast majority of workers. In fact, such employment patterns are not the emerging norm, not even in the high-tech sector itself. This will be exemplified by an analysis of the industrial sector of Multimedia. The article will discuss in detail the spatial distribution of the industry as well as its industrial organization. In der Diskussion um die Zukunft der Arbeit in der Informationsgesellschaft findet sich sehr häufig die Ansicht vertreten, dass durch die rapide fortschreitende Globalisierung wirtschaftliche Strukturen und Abläufe zunehmend enträumlicht werden und ihre regionale Einbettung immer mehr an Bedeutung verliert. Der Beitrag versucht diese Behauptung zu relativieren. Er tut dies beispielhaft mittels einer Analyse der Multimedia-Industrie. Untersucht wird die räumliche Verteilung der Multimedia-Produzenten sowie die Unternehmens- und Beschäftigungsstrukturen

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  • Gerhard Fuchs, 2000. "The Role of Geography in the Information Economy: The Case of Multimedia," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 69(4), pages 559-573.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwvjh:69-40-6

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