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ERIC Number: ED217455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Pages: 35
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Urban Uses and Social Impact of New Communication Technology: A Critical and Philosophical Perspective.
Burd, Gene
The impact of the new communication technology is analyzed in this paper in the context of cities and urbanization. The paper explores the concurrent decline of central cities and that of the mass media, as well as the rise of decentralization and "suburbanization" and the rise in media specialization. It suggests that the increase in multiple media with many centers may bring a new city or "mediapolis" in the postindustrial, information-centered society. The paper notes the response of central city daily newspapers to the urban crisis, the decline in the old print media, and the rise of the electronic newspaper. It reviews the proposed use of new communications technology as a tool for utopias and technocracy in relationship to the efforts to rebuild the old cities and create new ones. The paper raises questions about the negative impact of new communications technology, such as decreases in interpersonal contacts, threats to privacy, and dangers of communications overload. In addition, it probes the possible impact of the pluralistic communities of geography and interest on the political dilemmas of metropolitan areas without a central government. The paper calls attention to the continuing media fixation on geography and centrality, and cites the need for a sophisticated and comprehensive information specialist in the newsroom of the future. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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