School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-10-These titles examine the effect technology has had in the past and is having on our lives in the 21st century. Each one looks at the decisions that have been made by individuals, special organizations, and government bodies, and explains how these decisions impact society. Graham discusses how the Internet is being used, censorship versus freedom of information, various types of Net crimes, e-business, and future developments. Petley looks at the influence that newspapers, radio, television, film, and advertising have on our view of the world. He discusses who is in control of knowledge, who regulates the media, propaganda, politics, and whether the media contributes to and/or causes criminal behavior. Each volume has many sharp, full-color photographs. Nearly every page contains a fact box, a debate-question box, and/or a box labeled "viewpoints"; they add visual interest while providing information and thought-provoking points. The authors present the material without bias, attempting to show all sides of an issue. There is a great deal of material here for reports, and many topics may lead students to further research. Overall, these volumes are accessible and authoritative, and provide interesting information in an appealing format.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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