Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age / Edition 1

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Overview

Electronic communication now keeps us connected, wired, and cabled to the entire world. Why, then, do we often feel displaced and increasingly isolated in the global village? Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age seeks to answer the question: have media and technology created a social gap, eroding our sense of community? Author Michael Bugeja tackles this question by taking a broad and interdisciplinary approach, incorporating a number of different viewpoints, including global, ethical, philosophical, corporate, pop cultural, and sociological perspectives. Bugeja analyzes the "interpersonal divide"—the void that develops between people when we spend too much time in virtual rather than in real communities—and makes a case for face-to-face communication in a technological world. He traces media history to show how other generations have coped with similar problems during periods of great technological change, recommending ways to "repatriate to the village."
Interpersonal Divide, a ground-breaking book, documents how long-standing media theories—including ones by Marshall McLuhan—may no longer hold in the wake of new media and intrusive technology. Bugeja investigates the impact and motives of media ecosystems that have polluted the Internet and other digital devices with marketing ploys, delivering to consumers a global mall rather than a global village. Interpersonal Divide informs readers how to use media and technology wisely so that they enhance rather than replace community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195173390
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,221,859
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Need to Belong
1. Displacement in the Global Village
High-Tech and Original Habitats The Interpersonal Divide Big Box Displacement Loss of Perspective A Lifelong Quest
2. The Human Condition
Peace and Empowerment Survival in Virtual Environments The Marketing of Self-Help The Ethics of Our Condition Convenience Over Conscience
3. Habits of a High-Tech Age
The Hype of Self-Help Seven Habits of Highly Mediated People The Accelerated Biological Clock Wondering What Is Real
4. Impact of Media and Technology
The Real and Virtually Real The Dawning of Mass Media The Advent of Marketing Vision and Values
5. Blurring of Identity and Place
The Disembodied Self Mapping the Consumer Genome Moral and Social Upheaval Endangered Habitats
6. The Medium is the Moral
McLuhan, Revisited The New Generation Gap The Unnatural Order of Things
7. Icons and Caricatures
Icons and Idols Icons and Advertising Mentors and Caricatures
8. Living Three Dimensionally
Virtues and Environments The Moral Importance of Place Dimensions of Community
9. Repatriation to the Village
Ethical Inventories Foci of Our Discontent
Mis-Mediated Messages A Place in the Village Notes Index

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