This book argues that information communication technologies are not creating new forms of social structure, but rather altering long-standing institutions and amplifying existing trends of social change that have their origins in ancient times. Using a comparative historical perspective, it analyzes the applications of information communication technologies in relation to changes in norms and values, education institutions, the socialization of children, new forms of deviant and criminal behaviors, enhanced participation in religious activities, patterns of knowledge creation and use, the expansion of consumerism, and changing experiences of distance and time.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Societal Evolution 3. Normative Order: Part One 4. Normative Order: Part Two 5. Learning 6. Knowledge 7. Consumerism 8. Distance and Time 9. Future. Appendix A: Design and Architecture of Digital Computers. Appendix B: Computer Networks
Hugh F. Cline received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1967. For 20 years, he served as Executive Research Director at Educational Testing Service. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research has focused on the use of information communication technologies in complex organizations.