Information Society And The Black Community / Edition 1

Information Society And The Black Community / Edition 1

by John T. Barber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275957241

ISBN-13: 9780275957247

Pub. Date: 11/30/2000

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Does the Information Age promise egalitarianism and democracy, or will it simply reinforce long-standing social and economic inequalities? This collection of essays analyzes the emerging role of African-Americans in post-industrial society from a variety of communications research perspectives. Accepting W.J. Wilson's theory of a socially and economically isolated

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Does the Information Age promise egalitarianism and democracy, or will it simply reinforce long-standing social and economic inequalities? This collection of essays analyzes the emerging role of African-Americans in post-industrial society from a variety of communications research perspectives. Accepting W.J. Wilson's theory of a socially and economically isolated African-American underclass, Barber and Tait ask the logical question: what next? The Information Society and the Black Community is a critical examination of the prospects and pitfalls of a historically disadvantaged group in a period of rapid technological advances and economic growth.

Adopting Frank Websters theory of the Information Society as a framework for organization and development, the book is divided into five sections that look at technological, economic, occupational, spatial, and cultural aspects of the relationship between the African-American community and the Information Society. Part One analyzes data on African-American use of information technology, and examines how the new flow of information might effect African-American social and cultural images. Part Two focuses on African-American participation in the ownership and control of information industries. Part Three treats professional training and employment patterns affecting African-Americans in the Information Age. Part Four centers around the potential uses of information technology in solving social, political, and economic problems. Part Five addresses the growing connections of the African-American community to Africa and the rest of the world via information technology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275957247
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by John T. Barber and Alice A. Tait

The Technological Dimension

More Than You Think: African Americans On The World Wide Web by John T. Barber and Stephen Jones

Blacks and Information Technology by John T. Barber and Willis G. Smith

African Americans and Privacy: Understanding the Black Perspective in the Emerging Policy Debate by Oscar H. Gandy, Jr.

The Economic Dimension

Technology and African American Newspapers: Implications for Survival and Change by George Sylvie

FCC Policy and the Underdevelopment of Black Entrepreneurship by G. Thomas Wilson, II

The New Model of Black Media Entrepreneurship: BET Holdings, Inc. by John T. Barber and Alice A. Tait

A New Spectrum of Business: African Americans and Wireless Telephony by John T. Barber

The Occupational Dimension

Telecommunications Training: An Academic Perspective by Gloria P. James

Information Labor and African Americans by John T. Barber

The Spatial Dimension

Race and the Information Superhighway: Implications for Participatory Democracy in the 21st Century by Joseph P. McCormick, II and Taft Broome

Race, Politics, and Pedagogy of New Media: from Civil Rights to Cyber Rights by Jabari Simama

The Cultural Dimension

Afrocentric Information Content: Historical Development and Economic Opportunities by Dhyana Ziegler

Old Voices, New Drums: Black News and Information On-line by Todd Steven Burroughs

Black Connections and Disconnections in the Global Information Supermarket by Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi

Is Black America an Information Community? by John T. Barber and Alice A. Tait

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