Interpersonal Divide

Interpersonal Divide : The Search for Community in a Technological Age

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Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age seeks to answer the question: have media and technology created a social gap, eroding our sense of community? Michael Bugeja tackles this question by taking a broad and interdisciplinary approach, incorporating a number of different viewpoints-including global, ethical, philosophical, corporate, pop cultural, and social perspectives. This book traces media history in a comprehensive manner to show how changes resulting from the technology revolution of the 1990s have impacted society. With its emphasis on community and the impact of media over-consumption, Interpersonal Divide evaluates how, when and where we use media and technology, and what, why and to whom people communicate. Finally, Bugeja offers solutions for increasing the sense of community and using media and technology to enhance rather than obliterate interpersonal more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 22.9mm | 294.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195173392
  • 9780195173390

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"Perhaps no previous scholar has synthesized the ways media technologies are harming a sense of community, especially in such a compact book. ... Perhaps [Bugeja] ought to give himself credit for implanting optimism in at least some of his readers, because his book, if read carefully, is empowering." -- The Des Moines Register"Wise, troubling, tough-minded and profoundly on target, Interpersonal Divide is a thoughtfully human response to the burgeoning challenge to our sense and practice of community posed by the new communications technologies, their use as well as misuse." -- Hodding Carter III, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation"Michael Bugeja has delivered a creative, new approach to media and technology in this thoughtful and humanistic treatment. The emphasis here is on meaning and human communication, not a tired polemic on the inevitability of technological change. . . . Refreshing!" -- Everette Dennis, Distinguished Felix E. Larkin Professor, Fordham University"Michael Bugeja's Interpersonal Divide is a book of concerned prescription. An accomplished poet, an ethicist and a journalism professor, Bugeja aims to assess "changes resulting from the Technology Revolution of the 1990s." He's careful to note at the start of this admirably clear volume that he has not written a book of "social panic." But he has written one of social high anxiety. ... At the end of each chapter, he lists journal exercises and discussion ideas for those who feel inspired to examine their media habits. You could do a lot worse with your spare time (and probably will). Bugeja largely lives up to the second goal he set for himself -- to produce a multidisciplinary work "to explain complex truths in plain language rather than to validate those truths via complex language" --The Washington Postshow more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION: THE NEED TO BELONG ; 1. DISPLACEMENT IN THE GLOBAL VILLAGE ; High-Tech and Original Habitats ; The Interpersonal Divide ; Big Box Displacement ; Loss of Perspective ; A Lifelong Quest ; 2. THE HUMAN CONDITION ; Peace and Empowerment ; Survival in Virtual Environments ; The Marketing of Self-Help ; The Ethics of Our Condition ; Convenience Over Conscience ; 3. HABITS OF A HIGH-TECH AGE ; The Hype of Self-Help ; Seven Habits of Highly Mediated People ; The Accelerated Biological Clock ; Wondering What Is Real ; 4. IMPACT OF MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY ; The Real and Virtually Real ; The Dawning of Mass Media ; The Advent of Marketing ; Vision and Values ; 5. BLURRING OF IDENTITY AND PLACE ; The Disembodied Self ; Mapping the Consumer Genome ; Moral and Social Upheaval ; Endangered Habitats ; 6. THE MEDIUM IS THE MORAL ; McLuhan, Revisited ; The New Generation Gap ; The Unnatural Order of Things ; 7. ICONS AND CARICATURES ; Icons and Idols ; Icons and Advertising ; Mentors and Caricatures ; 8. LIVING THREE DIMENSIONALLY ; Virtues and Environments ; The Moral Importance of Place ; Dimensions of Community ; 9. REPATRIATION TO THE VILLAGE ; Ethical Inventories ; Foci of Our Discontent ; Mis-Mediated Messages ; A Place in the Village ; Notes ; Indexshow more

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