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Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart
     

Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart

by Bonnie A. Nardi, Vicki O'Day, Vicki L. O'Day
 

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ISBN-10: 0262640422

ISBN-13: 9780262640428

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: MIT Press

The common rhetoric about technology falls into two extreme categories: uncritical acceptance or blanket rejection. Claiming a middle ground, Bonnie Nardi and Vicki O'Day call for responsible, informed engagement with technology in local settings, which they call information ecologies.An information ecology is a system of people, practices, technologies, and

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The common rhetoric about technology falls into two extreme categories: uncritical acceptance or blanket rejection. Claiming a middle ground, Bonnie Nardi and Vicki O'Day call for responsible, informed engagement with technology in local settings, which they call information ecologies.An information ecology is a system of people, practices, technologies, and values in a local environment. Nardi and O'Day encourage the reader to become more aware of the ways people and technology are interrelated. They draw on their empirical research in offices, libraries, schools, and hospitals to show how people can engage their own values and commitments while using technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262640428
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
246
Sales rank:
982,150
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
I Information Ecologies: Concepts and
Reflections
1 Rotwang the Inventor
2 Framing Conversations about Technology
3 A Matter of Metaphor: Technology as Tool, Text, System, Ecology
4 Information Ecologies
5 Values and Technology
6 How to Evolve Information Ecologies
II Case Studies
7 Librarians: A Keystone Species
8 Wolf, Batgirl, and Starlight: Finding a Real Community in
a Virtual World
9 Cultivating Gardeners: The Importance of Homegrown
Expertise
10 Digital Photography at Lincoln High School
11 A Dysfunctional Ecology: Privacy Issues at a Teaching
Hospital
12 Diversity on the Internet
13 Conclusion
Notes
Index

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