Information Society And The Black Community / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

Realizing that there were deep issues involved in analyzing Blacks and communications systems in the US, Barber (communications, Morgan State U., Maryland) and Tait (journalism, Central Michigan U.) conscripted scholars in their own field and others to explore the technological, economic, occupation, spatial, and cultural dimensions. Among specific topics are privacy, African American newspapers, information labor, implications for participatory democracy, and Afro-centric information content. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275957247
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN T. BARBER is assistant Professor at Morgan State University.

ALICE A. TAIT is an award-winning professor of journalism at Central Michigan University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Technological Dimension 1
Ch. 1 More Than You Think: African Americans on the World Wide Web 3
Ch. 2 Blacks and Information Technology 31
Ch. 3 African Americans and Privacy: Understanding the Black Perspective in the Emerging Policy Debate 59
Pt. II The Economic Dimension 75
Ch. 4 Technology and African American Newspapers: Implications for Survival and Change 77
Ch. 5 FCC Policy and the Underdevelopment of Black Entrepreneurship 95
Ch. 6 The New Model of Black Media Entrepreneurship: BET Holdings, Inc 111
Ch. 7 A New Spectrum of Business: African Americans and Wireless Telephony 127
Pt. III The Occupational Dimension 145
Ch. 8 Information Labor and African Americans 147
Ch. 9 Telecommunications Training: An Academic Perspective 161
Pt. IV The Spatial Dimension 177
Ch. 10 Race and the Information Superhighway: Implications for Participatory Democracy in the Twenty-First Century 179
Ch. 11 Race, Politics, and Pedagogy of New Media: From Civil Rights to Cyber Rights 193
Pt. V The Cultural Dimension 215
Ch. 12 Afrocentric Information Content: Historical Developments and Economic Opportunities 217
Ch. 13 Old Voices, New Drums: Black News and Information On-Line 229
Ch. 14 Black Connections and Disconnections in the Global Information Supermarket 237
Ch. 15 Is Black America an Information Community? 259
Index 263
About the Editors and Contributors 273
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