Framing Technology uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore some of the key issues in technology today, including virtual reality, gender, health, the environment, regulation, the information society, surveillance and globalisation.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and glossary
Introduction - Lelia Green
PART I FRAMING THE INDIVIDUAL
1 Technological genders: technology, culture and class
2 Virtual reality fakes the future: cybersex, lies and computer games
3 The technology of television
4 Anticipating tomorrow: technology and the future
5 Till death us do part: technology and health
David More and Elizabeth More
PART II FRAMING THE COMMUNAL
6 Regulating technology
7 Australia's information society: clever enough?
8 Universal suffrage? Technology and democracy
9 Dataveillance: delivering 1984
10 Electronic neighbourhoods: communicating power in computer-based networks
Lynda Davies and Wayne Harvey
PART III FRAMING THE GLOBAL
11 The multilocals: transnationals and communications technology
12 Missing the pos
Lelia Green lectures in Media Studies at Edith Cowan University. She and Roger Guinery are the principals of a communications consultancy.
'I'm sure there are lots of people who think machines descend from the sky ready-made, keen to plug themselves in and take over. Others assume technology evolves, like Darwin's creatures, through a force of its own. These distinguished writers present ideas on where our technological world really comes from and what a difference it makes to people.' - Robyn Williams, Science Unit, ABC Radio
Framing Technology Does cybersex have side effects? Is technology a masculine culture? Who lords it over the global village?
Technology is the bedrock of our information society, but public debates on technology tend to be conducted by experts and to concentrate on the microchip and employment. Framing Technology reframes the discussion. It argues that technology ranges from language to a transnational corporation, and that we should all share in technology choice.
Framing Technology uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore some of the key issues in technology today, including virtual reality, gender, health, the environment, regulation, the information society, surveillance and globalisation. The contributors include some of the best thinkers on technology in Australia: Judy Wajcman, Albert Moran, Susan Oliver, Trevor Barr, Julianne Schultz and Dick Bryan.