Computing Our Way to Paradise?: The Role of Internet and Communication Technologies in Sustainable Consumption and Globalization

Computing Our Way to Paradise?: The Role of Internet and Communication Technologies in Sustainable Consumption and Globalization

by Robert Rattle
     
 

Computing Our Way to Paradise? challenges key assumptions concerning the role of Internet and communication technologies in globalization processes. The author argues that while globalization is predicated upon a strong, extensive, and interconnected network of products, processes, and services, the real environmental and health benefits remain far from certain.See more details below

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Computing Our Way to Paradise? challenges key assumptions concerning the role of Internet and communication technologies in globalization processes. The author argues that while globalization is predicated upon a strong, extensive, and interconnected network of products, processes, and services, the real environmental and health benefits remain far from certain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759109483
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/16/2010
Series:
Globalization and the Environment Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xiii

1 ICTs and Globalization: Asking Important Questions 1

2 The Poverty of Affluence: Sustainable Consumption and Global Environmental Change 15

3 Virtual Morality: Globalization, ICTs, and Sustainable Consumption 31

4 Lulled to Complacency: ICTs and Energy and Materials Consumption 51

5 The Efficiency Paradox: Intensity and Consumption 89

6 From Social Meanings to Global Conformity: ICTs and the Global Commons 101

7 Pathological Tendencies: The Health Link 129

8 Incantations and ICTs: A Global Ideological Pervasion 149

9 Redefining Reality, Transforming Values 183

10 Global Transformations: Serious Considerations and Promising Opportunities 195

Bibliography 201

Index 225

About the Author 231

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