Social Issues in Technology: A Format for Investigation

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Presenting the methods and theories available for exploring the effects of technology on our lives past, present, and future, this work is designed as a primer to give investigators and students the necessary intellectual tools to begin their own research into the field. Providing a clear presentation of the underlying theories, it reduces the issues to their primary nature, helping to simplify a complex subject and support creative thought processes. It also covers chaos theory and introduces the concepts of the subject and how they apply to the subject matter of the book.

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The world is changing at an incredible rate. Most of these changes are taking place as the result of technological advances.

  • We have survived Y2K.
  • We are on the verge of a communications revolution.
  • We have mapped the human genome in its entirety.

In the fourth edition of Social Issues in Technology, Paul Alcorn continues his systematic theme and provides the most up-to-date information concerning issues previously discussed. Chapter 4, Economics and Cultural Impetus, and Chapter 10, Catastrophic Theory: The Plague of Technological Complexity, have both been expanded. A new report on the effects of modernization on traditional Maasai societies in Tanzania and Kenya has been added.

Instructors who are using this book for a course should obtain the accompanying Instructor's Manual (ISBN: 0-13060258-2).

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