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- DescriptionThe idea that techlogy will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust. Today we are told that universal broadband access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current ecomic downturn and move us toward social and ecomic equality. In Digital Dead End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this is to engage in a kind of magical thinking: a techlogical utopia will come about simply because we want it to. This vision of the miraculous power of high-tech development is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender. The realities of the information age are more complicated, particularly for poor and working-class women and families. For them, information techlogy can be both a tool of liberation and a means of oppression. But despite the inequities of the high-tech global ecomy, optimism and invation flourished when Eubanks worked with a community of resourceful women living at her local YWCA. Eubanks describes a new approach to creating a broadly inclusive and empowering techlogy for people, popular techlogy, which entails shifting the focus from teaching technical skill to nurturing critical techlogical citizenship, building resources for learning, and fostering social movement. Important Notice: The digital edition of this book is missing some of the images found in the physical edition.
- Author BiographyVirginia Eubanks is the cofounder of Our Knowledge,Our Power (OKOP), a grassroots anti-poverty and welfare rights organization,and teaches in the Department of Women's Studies at the University atAlbany, SUNY. She edited the cyberfeminist 'zine Brillo and was active inthe community technology center movements in the San Francisco Bay Area andTroy, NY.
- Author(s)Virginia Eubanks
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication09/10/2012
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note27 figures, 8 tables
- Weight408 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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