16.401 review of Culture, Technology, Communication; CATaC

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 401.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Mon, 06 Jan 2003 09:57:14 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: review of Culture, Technology, Communication; CATaC

    Humanists will likely be interested in a very recent review of Charles Ess
    and Fay Sudweeks, eds., Culture, Technology, Communication: Towards an
    Intercultural Global Village (SUNY Press, 2001), by Michel J Menou (City
    University, London), in the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies, at
    http://www.com.washington.edu/rccs/booklist.asp. Those who are unaware of
    the conference series from which this book comes, Cultural Attitudes
    Towards Technology and Communication (CATaC), the review and reply by Ess
    and Sudweeks will provide a good introduction. As Menou says in the first
    paragraph of his review,

    >Among the many articles of faith brought by contemporary ICTheria is the
    >notion of a new culture taking shape in a cyberspace that would be
    >populated by ethereal creatures belonging only to this new universe.
    >Within such a context, this book is extremely useful in bringing the hot
    >air balloon closer to the ground. Even the dogs that covertly exchange
    >emails, according to a famous cartoon, have a real dog's life, like most
    >other users of the Internet.

    The interesting problem, of course, is how life in the balloon and life on
    the ground interact, how life changes as a result of the choices we make,
    don't make, cannot make. For me the work of CATaC is one of the several
    signs that life in the large and ill-defined commons we inhabit and study
    is maturing. In any case, if CATaC comes within physical range, I recommend
    it strongly. Otherwise, there's the book reviewed above and the Proceedings
    volumes of CATaC 2000 (Perth) and 2002 (Montreal), for which see


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