An Ecology of Communication

An Ecology of Communication

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Altheide's new book advances the argument set in motion some years ago with qMedia Logic qand continued in qMedia Worlds in the Postjournalism Era: qthat in our age, information technology and the communication environments it posits have affected the private and the social spheres of all our power relationships, redefining the ground rules for social life and concepts such as freedom and justice. Articulated through an interactionist and non-deterministic focus, qAn Ecology of Communication qoffers a distinctive perspective for understanding the impact of information technology, communication formats, and social activities in the new electronic environment. As more routines, rituals, and activities incorporate such technologies within their organizational cultures, new sorts of activities are added and previous ones are changed according to an underlying logic explored in these pages. Various chapters illustrate some of these altered and redefined organizational cultures: bureaucracy, the mass media, computer formats, war, surveillance, and testing, among others.... been combined with a communication format to produce several social activities: The Universal Product Code or UPC ... can read bar codes on one product and trigger a mechanism to provide a customer with a coupon for another product:anbsp;...

Title:An Ecology of Communication
Author:David L. Altheide
Publisher:Transaction Publishers -


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