Tuesday, December 12

Critical View of Communication Technology

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Everett Rogers book, Communication Technology: The New Media in Society, is a well written, easy to understand, and facts-based work. 

Rogers, however, has a tendency to over-stress the “people-empowerment” view on new communication technology.  Of course, the dominant ideology is that media and computer technologies inherently empower people and while there is some truth to this claim, it is also the case that these technologies could be used primarily to empower some people while exploiting, manipulating, and disempowering others.

Thus, whether individuals do or do not have ready access to information in the future and the skills necessary to function in an information society will determine whether the society is more or less egalitarian and democratic in the future.

The new technologies are for the most part only deployed at present in the overdeveloped countries. Currently, only one in five people in the world have telephones, much less computers or access to media technology, but proliferation of new communications technologies may help erode existing inequalities and divisions — though they may well intensify class domination and gender, race, and class inequality and subordination.

For this reason, it is also important for developing countries to devise strategies to enable its citizens to use new technologies to better themselves and to overcome existing inequalities and oppression.


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