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Publisher: Allen & Unwin
An introduction to the complex issues surrounding technology, communication, culture and society. Once thought of only in relation to machines, manufacturing or the military, technology pervades every aspect of our lives. In this book, Lelia Green focuses on the technologies of communication, from things we don't even think of as technology, like the alphabet and electricity, to the rapidly-developing world of cyberspace. She argues that technology is never neutral, rather, it is closely linked to culture, society and government policy. Looking at what drives technological change, Green demonstrates that the adoption of new technologies is never inevitable. She also explores how a variety of technology cultures coexist and interact: industrial culture, media culture, information culture, and now “technoculture”. Some communities reap the benefits of technocultures, while others are bypassed or even damaged. The book offers a broad and accessible introduction to the complex issues surrounding technology, communications, culture and society for students and anyone else interested in making sense of one of the key issues of the 21st century.
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