1st Edition

Framing Technology



ISBN 9781863735254
Published August 31, 1994 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

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

Acknowledgments

Contributors

Abbreviations and glossary

Introduction - Lelia Green

PART I FRAMING THE INDIVIDUAL

1 Technological genders: technology, culture and class

Judy Wajcman

2 Virtual reality fakes the future: cybersex, lies and computer games

David McKie

3 The technology of television

Albert Moran

4 Anticipating tomorrow: technology and the future

Susan Oliver

5 Till death us do part: technology and health

David More and Elizabeth More

PART II FRAMING THE COMMUNAL

6 Regulating technology

Len Palmer

7 Australia's information society: clever enough?

Trevor Barr

8 Universal suffrage? Technology and democracy

Julianne Schultz

9 Dataveillance: delivering 1984

Roger Clarke

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

Dick Bryan

12 Missing the pos

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Author(s)

Biography

Lelia Green lectures in Media Studies at Edith Cowan University. She and Roger Guinery are the principals of a communications consultancy.

Reviews

'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.