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The False Promises of the Digital Revolution : How Computers Transform Education, Work, and International Development in Ways That are Ecologically Unsustainable book

The False Promises of the Digital Revolution : How Computers Transform Education, Work, and International Development in Ways That are Ecologically Unsustainable book

The False Promises of the Digital Revolution : How Computers Transform Education, Work, and International Development in Ways That are Ecologically Unsustainable .C A Bowers
The False Promises of the Digital Revolution : How Computers Transform Education, Work, and International Development in Ways That are Ecologically Unsustainable
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Author: C A Bowers
Page Count: 113 pages
Published Date: 28 Feb 2014
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Publication Country: New York, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781433126130
File size: 14 Mb
Download Link: The False Promises of the Digital Revolution How Computers Transform Education, Work, and International Development in Ways That are Ecologically Unsustainable
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The False Promises of the Digital Revolution examines what currently goes largely unnoticed because of the many important uses of digital technologies. While many people interpret digital technologies as accelerating the global rate of progress, C. A. Bowers focuses attention on how they reinforce the deep and ecologically problematic cultural assumptions of the West: the myth of progress, the substitution of data for different cultural traditions of wisdom, the connections between print and abstract thinking, the myth of individual autonomy, the conduit view of language that hides how words (metaphors) reproduce earlier misconceptions, and a Social Darwinian justification for colonizing other cultures that is now leading to armed resistance - which, in turn, strengthens the ties between corporations, the military, and the computer science industry. The book also investigates how to understand the cultural non-neutrality of digital technologies; how print and the emphasis on data undermine awareness of the tacit information pathways between cultural and natural ecologies; and how to identify educational reforms that will contribute to a more informed public about the uses of digital technologies.

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