A forthcoming book chapter written by members of the Communications Media Department will explore the impact of mobile technology on our culture.
faculty member Zachary Stiegler and Nick Artman, a PhD candidate in the
Communications Media and Instructional Technology program, have penned a
chapter in the book Confronting
Technopoly: Charting a Course towards Human Survival.
Confronting Technopoly features multiple perspectives on topics
related to challenging society’s willingness and eagerness to accept new
technology without considering the consequences it brings.
In their joint chapter, “Navigating the Mobile Village,” Stiegler
and Artman tackle the effects mobile
devices have had in shaping our cultural status quo. The title of their chapter
is a reference to Marshall McLuhan’s theory of a “global village” in which the
world has become an enormous village because of the advances in technology.
While McLuhan’s initial theory was constructed in the ’60s, Stiegler and Artman
revitalize this concept, using it as launching pad into the idea of how our
mobile phones have not only made our world a smaller, more connected
environment but also how they have affected our culture.
Technopoly is being published by Intellect Ltd. and is
available for pre-order on Amazon.