The Social Significance of Telematics: An essay on the by Lars Qvortrup

By Lars Qvortrup

The belief underlying this ebook is that we face a societal transformation, a “silent revolution” in truth, with results at the least as a ways attaining as these of the commercial Revolution. the writer of this booklet desires to interfere within the present dialogue approximately this revolution, a dialogue that's often coloured by means of a resigned determinism protecting that the transformation will occur all on its own as an automated final result of the advance of know-how. in preference to this, the writer desires to politicize the talk by way of insisting at the proven fact that this silent revolution isn't inextricably tied to the instantly whirring desktop discs of technological improvement, yet relies on a couple of political offerings.

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He, too, sees technology as a decisive factor in social evolution, but he distinguishes himself from the majority of such writers in that he combines cultural criticism with an optimistic attitude to technology. That technology should threaten our natural humanity is, in his opinion, only a feature of industrial society.

The future is the 'Not Yet'. So it is Man, as the change-desiring being, who possesses the future. If the future were predictable, if, in theory, it were possible to predict it in the present, then it would actually be included in the present and hence not a real future at all, not a 'Not Yet', but a false future, an 'Already'. I always find it a bit of a paradox that pure objectivity, the denial of any real future, is most strongly represented in Marxism — the one social science doctrine which ought to have taken freedom's realm — the truly New — as its banner!

Data and word processing) sectors of the business world and the public sector (office work, and private and public administration), while the influence of this new technology on our private lives (in the form of a vast range of electronic media equipment) is no less in evidence. Nor, indeed, have these recent developments taken place without sig­ nificant consequences for telematics research — the most important of which may be summarized as follows: 1. In several countries we have been witnessing structural changes in R.

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