The social significance of telematics [electronic resource] : an essay on the information society / Lars Qvortrup ; translated by Philip Edmonds.

Qvortrup, Lars.
Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : J. Benjamins Pub. Co., 1984.
1 online resource (246 p.)
Pragmatics & beyond ; 5:7.
Pragmatics & beyond, 0166-6258 ; 5:7

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Communication -- Technological innovations.
Communication -- Social aspects.
Information society.
Electronic books.
The assumption underlying this book is that we are facing a societal transformation, a "silent revolution" in fact, with consequences at least as far reaching as those of the Industrial Revolution. The author of this book wants to intervene in the current discussion about this revolution, a discussion which is normally colored by a resigned determinism maintaining that the transformation will come about all by itself as an automatic consequence of the development of technology. As opposed to this, the author wants to politicize the debate by insisting on the fact that this silent revolution is
THE SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF TELEMATICS An Essay on the Information Society; Editorial page; Title page; Copyright page; Table of contents; AUTHOR'S PREFACE; TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE; List of technical abbreviations; INTRODUCTION; 1. THE TECHNICALITIES OF TELEMATICS; 2. THE SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF TELEMATICS; 2.1. The Significance of Technology; 2.2. Technology: The Study of Human Ingenuity in the Pursuit of Chosen Goals; 2.3. Society's Generation of Alternatives; 2.4. The Future is Very Present; 2.5. Technology as Anticipation: Taking Arms against Pure Objectivity
3. THE TENDENTIAL CONTENT OF TELEMATICS 3.1. Technology or Economics?; Technology as the Engine of Change; 3.2. Japan: I. T. Development Policy with Material Wealth as its Premiss; 3.2.1. Japan's Integrated Cable Network; 3.2.2. The Ideology: the Vision of a Rational Society; 3.2.3. R. and D. to the Greater Glory of the Japanese Economy; 3.2.4. Japan's Significance in the Technology versus Economics Debate; 3.3. The Tendential Content of Telematics; 4. THE LATENT FUTURE POTENTIAL INHERENT IN TELEMATICS; 4.1. Technology: Salvation or Perdition?; 4.1.1. The Deceptive Nature of Technology
4.1.2. The Anticipative Task Ahead 4.2. Against Oversimplification: Towards the Structural Analysis of the Latent Future Potential Inherent in Telematics; 4.2.1. Tackling the Ideological Confusion Surrounding Telematics; 4.2.2. More Information Equals Spiritual Wealth or Spiritual Impoverishment?; 4.2.3. The Greater Efficiency of I. T. will Produce a More or Less Human Society?; 4.2.4. Other Ongoing Debates about Telematics; 4.2.5. The Necessity for the Systematic Structural Analysis of Telematics in Relation to the Life of the Individual in Society
4.3. Traditional Normative Thinking and Its Limitations Enlightenment Utopian Thinking: The Cradle of Today's Deadlocked Debates; 4.4. Anticipated Normative Thinking; 5. IDLENESS DOESN'T PAY!; 6. PARTICIPATIVE GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY AT THE PUSH OF A BUTTON?; 6.1. Vertical and Horizontal Communication; 6.2. Today's Democratic Dilemma; 6.3. Back to the Old Laboratory: Today's Democratic Dilemma in Yesterday's Enlightenment Philosophy; 6.4. Deadlock and Beyond; 7. THE INFLUENCE OF TELEMATICS ON MODES OF PERCEPTIONAND MORALITY; 7.1. The Spatial and Temporal Boundaries of Enlightenment Philosophy
7.2. Practical Criticism Today: Transcending the Bounds of Space and Time in our Physical Environment 7.3. The Social Environment: From Physical Need Satisfaction Towards Need Manipulation; 8. TELEMATICS, SOCIAL CONTROL, AND THE BLIND SELF-DECEPTION OF UNREFLECTIVE TENDENTIAL CRITICISM; 8.1. Knowledge is Power?; 8.2. I.T. as Military Technology; 8.3. The 'Natural' Opposition; 8.4. Power Old and New: Confiscation v. Self-Castigation; 9. MEDIATING THE QUALITATIVELY NEW: SOME SEMINAL EXAMPLES OF ONGOING SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS IN SWEDEN AND FRANCE
9.1. Proving the Pudding: All Good Theories are Practically Useful!
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Edmonds, Philip.