Technology, Information and Social Change
- Paschal Preston - Dublin City University, Ireland
Mass Communication (General) | New Media and Communication Technology
Thirty years ago, one writer complained that 'to admire technology is all out of fashion'. Today excited claims are made for the impact that these technologies are having on social, political and economic life. But how are we to assess these claims? This book critically interrogates many of the prevailing ideas offers a fresh perspective on this new`digital age'.
· Provides an alternative and more grounded account of the complex interplay between new technology and information structures and changes in society
· Illuminates the fundamental continuities as well as changes in socioeconomic and political processes
· Draws on an interdisciplinary perspective and original empirical research.
The book will be essential reading for all those concerned with the new communication technologies, including students of media and communications as well as policy-makers.
`This is a stimulating, well argued book on an important contemporary subject and based, as is rare in this field, on up-to-date empirical data' - Nicholas Garnham, University of Westminster
“Given the controversies and discursive excesses surrounding the (new) media, a pragmatic voice was long overdue. Reshaping Communications definitely fits in this slot in the discursive universe surrounding new and mature media and communications. . . . Passionately and persuasively argued, the book presents not only a sobering voice in the midst of either excessively eulogizing or apocalyptic ones; it furthermore moves in the direction of making concrete proposals for policy changes that address pressing issues, and initiates a debate on information, technology, communication, and questions social justice.”