Lecture Notes - 24/03/14
March 24, 2014
Last few weeks:
- Technologyas a social form
- Globalizationand the InformationSociety
- Media Imperialism
As we have seen, the form and directionof tech. developmentand applicationis the product of decisionsby industry and policymakers
e.g. in Canada, globalizationand the info society createdby: NAFTA,WTO,CRTC, and policies like copyright
Similarly,job losses, cutbacksin health care and educationpart of same restructuring.
Giveninfo tech is social formand its developmentis the product of decisionsby gov't and industry, the question is how is it being
implemented? (holistic orprescriptive?)
Information Technology Impacts and Issues
Commodificationof Info: creates "digitaldivide"
Two groups of info poor;
i. Here at home (rural, low income, poor/no Web access)
ii. In developingareas/countries(e.g. countries inAfrica,S.E. Asia)
More generally: "the right to know, or the right to information,makes possible all other rights" (UNESCO).
"what distinguishesthis period of technological developmentfrom others, such as the industrial revolution,is that new technologiesare
specificallybuilt, not to increasethe productivityof workers, but to eliminatethem" (Mosco,1989).
Has been a shift from full time to part time work; from skilledindustrial jobs to low skilledservicejobs; often