Whose Global Village?: Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World


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New York University Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Ramesh Srinivasan isthe Director of the Digital Cultures Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies and Design and Media Arts at UCLA. His work has been featured by Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, The Young Turks, National Public Radio, and The Huffington Post.


"Whose Global Village? invites us to question some of the sacred narratives that have grown up around digital and networked technologies in the westfirst among them, the idea that digital technologies follow some universal path of development. This book is a powerful corrective to various forms of cyberutopianism, even as it reimagines core conceptsfrom agency and voice to participation and appropriation."--Henry Jenkins, co-author of By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism
"Whose Global Village?stimulated my thinking, and has reinforced my belief that the three seemingly disparate topics I keep returning to in my life social and cultural innovation, new technologies and community-driven design are in fact closely related, and should be so to make sure the digital era benefits all people equally."--TheMuseumoftheFuture.com
"In this bold book, Srinivasan tackles the myth of digital universality head on, insisting that technologies should be designed by and serve diverse communities rather than corporate elites. Based on years of fieldwork, Whose Global Village?reads like a manifesto and is bound to stir up debate. A must read for media scholars, technology designers, and community organizations alike."--Lisa Parks, Professor of Comparative Media Studies, MIT
"In the age of video streaming and the internet, indigenous peoples can fight for their rights as we see with the Dakota Pipeline and across the world today. Whose Global Village? points the way forward to a digital world that recognizes the dignity and voices of indigenous peoples."--Winona La Duke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth
"The 2016 election showed us what happens when technologies like Facebook, that are supposed to connect us, actually leave us in bubbles and oblivious to the world that doesnt agree with us. Whose Global Village? shows that another technology is possible, and in fact exists, through examples across the world that are all about furthering cultural voices and conversations."--The Yes Men
"Upstart successes like The Young Turks are becoming less common, partially as a result of the increasing corporatization and monopolization of social media. Whose Global Village? offers an alternate path, out of the self-selected echo chambers that marginalize non-western and indigenous voices, and into a future where new technology operates in greater harmony with grassroots concerns and culturally diverse populations across the world."--Cenk Uygur, Founder of The Young Turks