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Interpersonal Divide by Michael J. Bugeja

Interpersonal Divide

Description : 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 analyses 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.'* Focuses on a pertinent issue--the erosion of community in the face of media and technology--that connects to a variety of topics, yet that many college texts cannot thoroughly explore.* Journal exercises, discussion and paper ideas, and suggested readings at the end of each chapter help students develop awareness about the impact of media and technology on their own lives, as well as the society around them.* Bugeja draws on information from a spectrum of viewpoints, including ethical, pop cultural, historical, corporate, familial, and communal perspectives.* While using contemporary examples to validate arguments, Bugeja primarily focuses on the philosophical motivations and history behind the issues raised, rather than going into heavy detail of specific events.* Can be used in a number of different media/communications courses, including Media and Society, Media Ethics, History of Media, and New Communications Technology.Supplements and Resources:Companion Web Site: www.interpersonal-divide.org* Features information about the book* New material for lecture or discussion* 100 page Instructor's ManualContents:Introduction: The Need to BelongChapter One: Displacement in the Global Village1. High-Tech and Original Habitats2. The Interpersonal Divide3. Big Box Displacement4. Loss of Perspective5. A Lifelong QuestChapter Two: The Human Condition1. Peace and Empowerment2. Survival in Virtual Environments3. The Marketing of Self-Help4. The Ethics of Our Condition5. Convenience Over ConscienceChapter Three: Habits of a High-Tech Age1. The Hype of Self-Help2. Seven Habits of Highly Mediated People3. The Accelerated Biological Clock4. Wondering What Is RealChapter Four: Impact of Media and Technology1. The Real and Virtual Real2. The Dawning of Mass Media3. The Advent of Marketing4. Vision and ValuesChapter Five: Blurring of Identity and Place1. The Disembodied Self2. Mapping the Consumer Genome3. Moral and Social Upheaval4. Endangered HabitatsChapter Six: The Medium is the Moral1. McLuhan, Revisited2. The New Generation Gap3. The Unnatural Order of ThingsChapter Seven: Icons and Caricatures1. Icons and Idols2. Icons and Advertising3. Mentors and CaricaturesChapter Eight: Living Three Dimensionally1. Virtues and Environments2. The Moral Importance of Place3. Dimensions of CommunityChapter Nine: Repatriation to the Village1. Ethical Inventories2. Foci of Our Discontent3. Mis-Mediated Messages4. A Place in the VillageNotesIndex

Subtitle : The Search for Community in a Technological Age

Authors : Michael J. Bugeja

Published Date : 2005

Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN : 0195173392

Page : 226 Pages

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