Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social Choices

Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social Choices

by Rob Kling

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ISBN-13: 9780080502632
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 02/28/1996
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 961
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

For approximately two decades, Rob Kling has written extensively about the interface between computerization and real society and culture. The emphasis here is on the impact of computerization on organizations (especially corporations) , rather than on individuals within a society as a whole. The eight parts of this book provide a general overview of mental models, technological utopianism and dystopianism, economic and organizational dimensions, the work environment, social and personal relationships, privacy and social control, safety and vulnerability, and ethical perspectives and professional responsibilities. Each introduction concludes with a very useful list of the sources where the anthologized chapters can be found along with a list of references for other publications cited in Kling's introductions and items for further reading. It seems to be written primarily for an undergraduate readership, but could teach and delight graduate students, teachers, information professionals, and the common reader.

Table of Contents

Heads Up! Mental Models for Travelling through the Computer World
Dreams of Technological Utopianism
Economic, Cultural, and Organization Dimensions of Computerization
Computerization and the Transformation of Work
Social Relationships in Electronic Forums
Privacy and Social Control
System Safety and Social Vulnerability
Ethical Perspectives and Professional Responsibilities for Information and Computer Science Professionals
Subject Index

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