Techlogy was once something we thought of only in relation to manufacturing or the military. Now it is a constant theme in everyday interaction. In Communication, Techlogy and Society, Lelia Green focuses on the techlogies of communication, from things we don't even think of as techlogy, like the alphabet or electricity, through to the rapidly developing world of cyberspace. She argues that techlogy is never neutral, rather, it is closely linked to culture, society and government policy. Green looks at what drives techlogical change, showing that the adoption of new techlogies is never inevitable. She also explores how a variety of techlogy cultures co-exist and interact: industrial culture, media culture, information culture, and w 'techculture'. Some communities benefit from techcultures, while others are left out or even damaged. This book offers a broad and accessible introduction to the complex issues surrounding techlogy, communications, culture and society for students and anyone else interested in making sense of one of the key issues of the 21st century.
Lelia Green is senior lecturer in the School of Communications and Multimedia at Edith Cowan University, Perth. She is editor of Framing Technology, and on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Communication and Media International Australia