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dc.contributor.authorHealy, Mike
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-16T12:45:17Z
dc.date.available2020-11-16T12:45:17Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.isbn9781912656790en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9781912656813en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9781912656820en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/42986
dc.description.abstract"This book explores the fundamental contradiction at the heart of the digital environment: technology offers all manner of promises, yet habitually fails to deliver. This failure often arises from numerous problems: the proficiency of the technology or end-user, policy failure at various levels, or a combination of these. Solutions such as better technology and more effective end-user education are often put into place to solve these failures. Mike Healy argues that such approaches are inherently faulty drawing upon qualitative research informed by Marx’s theory of alienation. Using Marx’s theory, he considers participants in three distinct settings: the workplace of information and communications technology (ICT) professionals; university scholars researching the ethical and societal implications of our digital environment; and a group of pensioners living in South London, UK, undertaking ICT training. By delving beneath the surface of how digital technologies are created, researched and experienced, this study illustrates the contradictory nature of our digital lives, as they directly arise from the needs of capitalism. The book also places Marx’s theory in contrast to the mainstream approaches derived from Seaman and Blauner. In researching and comprehending ICT, this book reaffirms the superior explanatory power of Marx’s theory of alienation."en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::U Computing & information technology::UB Information technology: general issues::UBJ Ethical & social aspects of ITen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JP Politics & government::JPF Political ideologies::JPFC Marxism & Communismen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::G Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects::GP Research & information: general::GPS Research methods: generalen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general::JFF Social issues & processesen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JH Sociology & anthropology::JHB Sociology::JHBL Sociology: work & labouren_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::T Technology, engineering, agriculture::TB Technology: general issuesen_US
dc.subject.othersocietyen_US
dc.subject.otherdigitalen_US
dc.subject.othertechnologyen_US
dc.subject.otherKarl Marxen_US
dc.subject.othercapitalismen_US
dc.subject.otheralienationen_US
dc.titleMarx and Digital Machinesen_US
dc.title.alternativeAlienation, Technology, Capitalismen_US
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.16997/book47en_US
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy2725c638-53f3-4872-9824-99c3555366f3en_US
oapen.pages172en_US
oapen.place.publicationLondonen_US


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