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Inside the Communication RevolutionEvolving Patterns of Social and Technical Interaction$
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Robin Mansell

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296553.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Inside the Communication Revolution

Robin Mansell

Oxford University Press

With the advent of new digital information and communication technologies (ICT), new patterns of social and technical interactions can be observed. Such developments in digital tools are found to be associated with improvements in society or in an individual’s interaction within society. This book looks into the notion that such developments can be advantageous for both society and the economy. Also, the book analyses instances wherein controlling the use of these technologies can influence social outcomes regarding the use of other means of communication. This introductory chapter establishes the framework and themes that are used to discuss the two main parts of the book. The first is concerned with how ICTs are used in mediating social and technical relationships, while the second is concerned with individual and collective learning processes that aid in the development of new forms and processes of knowledge exchange.

Keywords:   ICT, society, interaction, technical system, communication, development, knowledge exchange

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