Global Networks: Computers and International Communication

Linda Marie Harasim
MIT Press, 1993 - 411 páginas

Global Networks takes up the host of issues raised by the new networking technologythat now links individuals, groups, and organizations in different countries and on differentcontinents. The twenty-one contributions focus on the implementation, application, and impact ofcomputer-mediated communication in a global context.Previously limited to scientific research,global networks now have an impact on social, educational, and business communications. Individualswith a personal computer, a modem, and some simple software can join a new social community that isbased on interest, not location. Global Networks, which was written largely with the assistance ofthe internet, provides an understanding of the issues, opportunities, and pitfalls of this newsocial connectivity. It looks at how -networking technology can support and augment communicationand collaboration from such perspectives as policy constraints and opportunities, languagedifferences, cross-cultural communication, and social network design.Contributors: Linda M. Harasim.John Quarterman. Howard Rheingold. Anne Branscomb. Lee Sproull and Sara Kiesler. Marvin Manheim.Hiroshi Ishii. Jan Walls. Michael Kirby and Catherine Murray. Andrew Feenberg. Robin Mason. MargaretRiel. Beryl Bellman, Alex Jeffrey Shapard. Lucio Teles. Howard Frederick. Mitchell Kapor and DanielWeitzner. Shumpei Kumon and lzurni Aizu. Robert Jacobson.

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Página 9 - Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation. ... A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding . . .
Página 8 - Is it a fact . . . that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time? Rather, the round globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with intelligence! Or, shall we say, it is itself a thought, nothing but thought, and no longer the substance which we deemed it! (Hawthorne,
Página 3 - after more than a century of electronic technology, we have extended our central nervous system itself in a global embrace, abolishing both space and time as far as our planet is concerned. —Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media
Página 167 - thief can steal more with a computer than with a gun. Tomorrow's terrorist may be able to do more damage with a keyboard than with a bomb. To date we have been remarkably lucky.
Página 58 - is a group of people who may or may not meet one another face-to-face, and who exchange words and ideas through the mediation of computer bulletin boards and networks. In cyberspace, we chat and argue, engage in intellectual discourse, perform acts of commerce, exchange knowledge, share emotional support, make plans, brainstorm, gossip, feud, fall in love, find friends and lose them, play games and
Página 66 - Because we cannot see one another, we are unable to form prejudices about others before we read what they have to say: race, gender, age, national origin, and physical appearance are not apparent unless a person wants to make such characteristics public. People who are thoughtful but who are not quick to formulate a reply often do better in CMC than
Página 68 - a blend of strong-tie and weak-tie relationships among people who have a mixture of motives, requires one to give something and enables one to receive something. I have to keep my friends in mind and send them pointers instead of throwing my informational discards into the virtual scrap heap. It doesn't take
Página 67 - who share our passions, or who use words in a way we find attractive. In this sense, the topic is the address: you can't simply pick up a phone and ask to be connected with someone who wants to talk about Islamic art or California wine, or someone with a three-year-old daughter or a
Página 70 - but someone else might be. That's why it is hard to distinguish idle talk from serious contextsetting. In a virtual community, idle talk is context-setting. Idle talk is where people learn what kind of person you are, why you should be trusted or mistrusted, what interests you. An agora is more than
Página 169 - provision that: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy ... Everyone has the right to the protection

Sobre o autor (1993)

Linda M. Harasim is a Professor in the Department of Communications at Simon Fraser University.

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