"Is it possible, how is it possible, to have more meaning and honor in work? To put wealth to some real use? To have a high standard of living of whose quality we are not ashamed? To get social justice for those who have been shamefully left out? To have a use of leisure that is not a dismaying waste of a hundred million adults?"

-Paul Goodman

The dramatic changes brought about by information technologies to almost every aspect of our lives have precipitated a vigorous debate. A continuous reevaluation of the reach and impact of these technologies in the large areas of the world that remain largely underdeveloped is an important part of that discussion, as well as the implications of the new information technologies upon the basic issues of identity and power.

Surveillance has brought us face to face with the darker side of IT, to reveal how much they are intertwined with abusive control and unchecked power. As information moves way too fast and becomes overwhelming, people search for answers through and use horizontal platforms and social networks

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Roszak / Mumford / Goodman (The Meaning of Technology) a Notes 8 a

Turkle (The Meaning of Technology) a

Communication, Power and Counterpower in the Network Society a

"Another World is Possible" in Making Globalization Work a

Digital Resources

Authoritarian and Democratic Technics- Mumford a

Being Analog, chapter of The Invisible Computer by Donald A. Norman

Communication, Power and Counter-power in the Network Society

Democracy Now! WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange & Philosopher Slavoj Žižek With Amy Goodman

Free Speech Movement Digital Archive

Making Globalization Work By Joseph .E Spiglitzz

Paul Goodman

Power in the Information Age – Conversations with Steven Weber

The Neil Postman Information Page

Trapped in the Net: The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization

Where the Counterculture Met a


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Castells, Manuel (2004). “The Net and the Seif”, prologue of The Rise of the Network Society. Blackwell Publishing.

Grewal, David Singh (2008). Network Power: The Social Dynamics of Globalization. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Hughes, Thomas P. (1989). American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970; chapter 9, “Counterculture and Momentum.”

Normand, Donald (1998). The Invisible Computer: why good products can fail, the personal computer is so complex, and information appliances are the solution. Cambridge (Mass): The MIT Press.

Postman, Neil (1993).  Technopolis: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York (NY): Vintage.

Roszak, Theodore (1995). The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society and its Youthful Opposition. Berkeley: University of California Press

Weber, Stephen. (2004). The Success of Open Source. Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press.

Webster, Frank. (2004). The Information Society Reader. London: Routledge.