Who is this University of Manitoba graduate?
Why is he important for our consideration of cyberspace?
What is the general relationship between technology and culture and
how do changes in one area influence the other?
What are the specific implications of communications technology and infrastructure?
Are we experiencing the onset of a new revolution based on emerging communitcation and information technologies.
Attack on the World Trade Centre.
1. Relationship between technology, culture and society.
Technological determinist views - technology determines social and cultural institutions and directs the pace of change
Cultural and social determinism - technology is introduced and adapted
according to cultural values or social interests.
Marxist version focuses on the influence of socio-economic class in directing the pace and nature of technological change.
2. Relationship between computer technologies, society and culture
1993 Computing and Social Change: New Technology and Workplace Transformation, 1980-1990
Annual Review of Anthropology
(Also see: Technology and Social Change: The Workspace Connection)
3. Relationship between media technology, society, and culture.
One of McLuhan's visions for the electronic "global village" was that we would be able to communicate with anyone in the world through the intermediation of computers that could instantaneously translate between different languages. A number of projects are now underway to realize this vision. Have a look at the following:
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