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Communication, technology and society / Lelia Green.
Green, Lelia, 1956-
London : SAGE, 2002.
xxxiv, 254 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.

0761947086 (CASED)
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Technology was once something we thought of only in relation to manufacturing or the military. Now it is a constant theme in everyday interaction.

In Communication, Technology and Society , Lelia Green focuses on the technologies of communication, from things we don′t even think of as technology, like the alphabet or electricity, through 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.

Green looks at what drives technological change, showing that the adoption of new technologies is never inevitable. She also explores how a variety of technology cultures co-exist and interact: industrial culture, media culture, information culture, and now ′technoculture′. Some communities benefit from technocultures, while others are left out or even damaged.

This 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.

Author Notes

Lelia Green is senior lecturer in the School of Communications and Multimedia at Edith Cowan University, Perth

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Choice Review

Green's writing style is sophisticated and her theses, while well developed and well thought out, are sometimes convoluted and complex. These characteristics combine to generate concerns about whether the average undergraduate will be able to appreciate the content. The book's 12 chapters reach from the genesis of technological progress to public policy issues, and examine the determinist's argument that scientific progress fuels technological change. This belief contrasts with the theory that powerful social elites are change agents. Green (Edith Cowan Univ., Prague) examines the role of consumers and the mass media in setting the agenda for change. Personal information privacy concerns are effectively explored. The author is clearly very knowledgeable and has a great deal of information to share. The audience for the book consists of social scientists studying the impact of technology on society. The book might be useful as a resource for general education courses on communication technology and society, though the above caveats should be taken into account. The major concern is that the material would be more relevant to an experienced social scientist than to a student encountering the arguments for the first time. Faculty; researchers. M. S. Roden California State University, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

What Fuels Technology Change?
Technology Adoption and Diffusion
Domestication of Technologies
Fragmenting Mass Media in the Postmodern Information Society
Information Policy in the Information Society
The Public Interest, and the Information Divide
Mass Media and the Public Sphere
Communication Policy and Regulation
Popular Culture in Technoculture
Gender, Power and Technology
Making Sense of Being in Cyberspace
Technoculture and Social Organization