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From the Publisher"St. Clair addresses monumentally important issues. This reader is confident that anyone over the age of 30 has wondered about the very matters this book raises. But St. Clair does not just wonder; he explores the issues of rapid technological changes and their impact on 'us' individually and collectively. The thought-provoking introduction establishes seven important areas in which research on the consequences of rapid change could be organized: information and the Internet; communication, entertainment, and stimulation; work and how work changes individuals; social behavior and values; speed and altered time; family and personal relationships; and contradictory social trends and fewer shared experiences. In all these areas, rapid change—especially rapid technological change—is changing forever who we are, what we do, what we value, and how we approach each other as a society. This is a must-read, including for parents and teachers who need to understand the 'Google generation' and 'digital natives' sitting in their classrooms and/or living rooms. Summing up: Essential. All readers."
"Quite inspiring as a map of the multidimensionality of contemporary social change."