Technology, Information, and Society

There is no denying that digital technology is developing rapidly (and marketed aggressively) around the world. At the beginning of the ‘digital revolution’ many thought that increasing access to information technologies would have only a positive ‘leveling’ effect, and would in that sense strengthen our society. Years later, we see that this hasn’t really been the case, and that in many ways technology has only exacerbated existing weaknesses in our social structure. The examination of the relationship between technology and society has grown increasingly nuanced and complex during this time, as well, providing us with many useful, thoughtful perspectives.  Have you ever thought about how the proliferation of technology is affecting our society? How do you consider your relationship to digital and/or information technologies? How can technology be useful in building community locally, and how can it obstruct community that already exists? Check out The Urbana Free Library non-fiction collection to delve deeper into these, and other complex and timely issues. Some suggested titles include:


Digital Dead End: Fighting for social justice in the information age. Virginia Eubanks  

Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder. David Weinberger



Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob. Lee Siegel


You are not a gadget: A manifesto. Jaron Lanier


Stuck in the shallow end: Education, race, and computing. Jane Margolis



Makers: the new industrial revolution- Chris Anderson