1st Edition

Communication Technology and Social Change Theory and Implications

Edited By Carolyn A. Lin, David J. Atkin Copyright 2007
    348 Pages
    by Routledge

    348 Pages
    by Routledge

    Communication Technology and Social Change is a distinctive collection that provides current theoretical, empirical, and legal analyses for a broader understanding of the dynamic influences of communication technology on social change. With a distinguished panel of contributors, the volume presents a systematic discussion of the role communication technology plays in shaping social, political, and economic influences in society within specific domains and settings. Its integrated focus expands and complements the scope of existing literature on this subject.
    Each chapter is organized around a specific structure, covering:
    *Background—offering an introduction of relevant communication technology that outlines its technical capabilities, diffusion, and uses;
    *Theory—featuring a discussion of relevant theories used to study the social impacts of the communication technology in question;
    *Empirical Findings—providing an analysis of recent academic and relevant practical work that explains the impact of the communication technology on social change; and
    *Social Change Implications—proposing a summary of the real world implications for social change that stems from synthesizing the relevant theories and empirical findings presented throughout the book. 
    Communication Technology and Social Change will serve scholars, researchers, upper-division undergraduate students, and graduate students examining the relationship between communication and technology and its implications for society.

    Contents: Preface. Part I: Introduction. C.A. Lin, Communication Technology and Social Change. C. Ogan, Communication Technology and Global Change. Part II: Individual and Social Setting. S.E. Caplan, E.M. Perse, J.E. Gennaria, Computer-Mediated Technology and Social Interaction. M. Krcmar, Y. Strizhakova, Computer-Mediated Technology and Children. Part III: Work and Organizational Setting. D.J. Atkin, T.Y. Lau, Information Technology and Organizational Telework. R.E. Rice, S. Schneider, Information Technology: Analyzing Paper and Electronic Desktop Artifacts. Part IV: Surveillance Setting. L.W. Jeffres, Media Technology and Civic Life. E.P. Bucy, W. Gantz, Z. Wang, Media Technology and the 24-Hour News Cycle. Part V: Entertainment Setting. A.E. Grant, Video Technology and Home Entertainment. J. Reagan, M.J. Lee, Online Technology, Edutainment, and Infotainment. Part VI: Consumer Setting. C.A. Lin, Interactive Media Technology and Electronic Shopping. P. Whitten, Interactive Media Technology and Telemedicine. Part VII: Legal and Regulatory Setting. J. Lipshultz, Digital Media Technology and Fair Use. L.T. Lee, Digital Media Technology and Individual Privacy. Part VIII: Summary. C.A. Lin, An Integrated Communication Technology and Social Change Typology.


    Carolyn A. Lin, David J. Atkin

    'Communication Technology and Social Change: Theory and Implications.. is a book about the air we breathe.' - Moshe Landsman, PsycCRITIQUES


    "A feast of important and interesting information, well worth consideration in a continuing climate of rapid sociotechnical advancement." - CHOICE, July 2007