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Essential reading for thoughtful use of technology.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart (Hardcover)I work with the Web, while my husband is a Luddite who can barely manage an ATM card; this wonderful book speaks equally to both of us. Most of us assume that technology, whether we like it or not, is inevitable. Nardi and O'Day point out that this assumption is both unfortunate and preventable. We need to WAKE UP from our passive acceptance of the tide that overwhelms us with everything from cell-phones to cloning, and question WHY we use the technologies that have come to inhabit our everyday lives. We must also closely observe the technology-supported human encounters that we take for granted. For example, I use e-mail to serve the public; the e-mail makes my service much faster, but without thoughtful, compassionate, human-written responses, the swiftness of e-mail is pointless. By closely observing our habits with a questioning mind, we can then actively shape our use of technology, and even politely decline some of these fabulous new bells and whistles that do not serve us so well. In an information ecology, people engage in an interdependent manner with their local technology. The authors explain this concept at length, with plenty of historical references, and cite fascinating examples, such as invisible services performed by corporate librarians, and a virtual world within an elementary school that has jumpstarted reading, writing, and social skill levels for at-risk students. O'Day's and Nardi's careful writing makes this a breeze to read, even for those completely unfamiliar with technological terms. I finished this book with a new sense of power over my own environment, equipped with keener observation and the reminder to always ask "Why?"
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