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Title:
Communication, technology and cultural change / Gary Krug.
Author:
Krug, Gary.
Published:
London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE, 2005.
Description:
xv, 241 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents:
Technology as culture -- Technologies of language : writing, reading, and the text -- The trajectory of the image -- The rise of a literary epistemology : the social background of self -- Building the divided self : letter writing -- Technology, truth, and the military-industrial complex -- Information and social order : pornography and the public -- The metaphysics of information.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-231) and index.
ISBN:
0761972013 (pbk.)

0761972005 (hbk.)

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With a foreword by Norman Denzin Communication and the history of technology have invariably been examined in terms of artefacts and people. Gary Krug argues that communication technology must be studied as an integral part of culture and lived-experience. Rather than stand in awe of the apparent explosion of new technologies, this book links key moments and developments in communication technology with the social conditions of their time. It traces the evolution of technology, culture, and the self as mutually dependent and influential. This innovative approach will be welcomed by undergraduates and postgraduates needing to develop their understanding of the cultural effects of communication technology, and the history of key communication systems and techniques.


Table of Contents

Technology as Culture
Technologies of Language
Writing, Reading and the Text
The Trajectory of the Image
The Rise of a Literary Epistemology
The Social Background of Self
Building the Divided Self
Letter Writing
Technology, Truth and the Military-Industrial Complex
Vannevar Bush and the Modern Conceptualization of Information
Information and Social Order
Pornography and the Public
The Metaphysics of Information