ERIC Number: ED135522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov-15
Rural Development: Possibilities for Those Areas of Our Country That Are Chronically Poor.
Communications is critical to community development, especially rural communities that are poor, immobile and at a distance from a major metropolitan area. The isolation of these communities comes out of a need for cohesiveness within a system that functions for them. There is some mutual support between their economic, political, and social system. The government needs to make exceptions, to give special considerations, to do for the poor in a way that fits their survival system. Therefore, a proper diagnosis of community is essential to proper formulation of policies and appropriation and further development of technology and content. Because communications is such a fundamental approach to human and societal growth, it is critical that citizens of a given area have access to new technology and exert influence over the content and style projected through the medium. Innovative educational programs could develop out of rural communities with access to communication facilitating devices if cultural realities were used to influence form and content. Hence in the development of communications technology it is important to have the technical and financial competency to deliver the good to such communities so that they might use communications as the prime mover toward fulfilling their definition of development. (NQ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Note: Paper presented at the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment Conference on Communications and Rural America (Washington, D.C., November 15-17, 1976). Related documents include RC 009 671-683