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Information technologies and social orders

Author: Carl J Couch; Mark D Johns
Publisher: Abingdon : Routledge, [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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According to Carl J. Couch, the history of human society is one of successive, sometimes overlapping, information technologies used to process the various symbolic representations that inform social contexts. Unlike earlier "media" theorists who ignored social context in order to concentrate on the information technologies themselves, Couch implements a consistent theory of interpersonal and intergroup relations to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Couch, Carl J.
Information technologies and social orders.
Abingdon : Routledge, [2017]
(DLC) 2016050685
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carl J Couch; Mark D Johns
ISBN: 9781351295185 1351295187
OCLC Number: 1004224596
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 312 pages)
Contents: Orality --
Decorations and depictions --
Extending temporal structures --
Numeric and spatial concepts --
Bureaucratic structures --
Written languages --
Printing books --
Newspapers and state structures --
Telecommunications : overcoming space --
Recorded sounds and sights --
Broadcasting sounds and sights --
Information-processing machines --
Knowledge centers --
Oh, what webs those phantoms spin.
Responsibility: Carl J. Couch ; Mark D. Johns, editor ; with a foreword by Shing-Ling S. Chen.

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According to Carl J. Couch, the history of human society is one of successive, sometimes overlapping, information technologies used to process the various symbolic representations that inform social contexts. Unlike earlier "media" theorists who ignored social context in order to concentrate on the information technologies themselves, Couch implements a consistent theory of interpersonal and intergroup relations to describe the essential interface between information technologies and the social contexts in which they are used. Couch emphasizes the formative capacities of information technologies across historical epochs and cultures, and places them within the major institutional relations of various societies. He views social orders as reflexively shaped by the information technologies that participants use, and as susceptible to mass brutality and oppression due to oligarchic control though he hopes technology will remain humane. The original edition of this manuscript was nearly complete at the time of Couch's death and was brought to completion by two of his closest associates.Now after two decades, during which its impact is indisputable, it has been updated for a new generation of students and scholars. Additions include discussions on books in the digital age, social media, mobile telephones, recordings, participatory culture, and more.--

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