This book provides a clear, nuanced analysis of the major transformations resulting from the global information revolution. He shows that the information revolution is rooted in societal dynamics, political interests, and social structure. Using the innovative Strategic ReStructuring (SRS) model, he uncovers links between the big changes taking place around the world and the local initiatives of individual information activists, especially in developing countries.
This book examines the exciting field of international and development communication and illustrates how this field of study is composed and how it has grown. Derived from the successful Handbook of International and Intercultural Communication, Second Edition, this book showcases the effects of globalization, and contains those chapters from the Handbook that deal with international and development communication.
Empowerment is central to the process of development, but empowerment needs to be located within a broader framework, which sees the goal of development as the cultural and political acceptance of universal human rights. Power must be seen as a source of social responsibility and service.
In a growing number of instances, and as part of a quieter revolution, a variety of local organizations, aid agencies and government bodies are discovering that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be used to extend the reach of the information revolution to the poorest of people living in the remotest corners of the world.
The current digital revolution, the fourth information revolution in history after the invention of writing, the book and printing, has serious potential to exacerbate the gulf between the North and the South. As has been observed in the USA, even within an affluent country, with inadequate policy interventions, information technology not only widens the digital divide but also deepens the racial ravine.
Addressing the changing nature of work, workers, and their organizations in the media, information, and knowledge industries, this book brings together scholars from numerous disciplines to examine knowledge workers from a genuinely global perspective.
Nineteen papers examine the driving forces affecting the supply of and demand for information and communication technologies (ICT).
This book resulted from a two-day consultation focusing on 'Participatory Development Communication in the West and Central African Context' held in Toronto, Canada, in 1995. It was attended by 49 participants drawn from development agencies, universities and NGOs, eleven of whom contributed to this publication.
A study was conducted to examine the attention given to the small participatory technologies of audio and video cassettes in effecting the social change needed for the development of rural women in Nigeria. Results revealed that Nigeria's rural women are a marginalized group, characterized by poverty and high rates of illiteracy.
This article offers some reflections on the state of development communication in South Africa, and suggests that closer attention needs to be paid to the theoretical underpinnings of communication for development practices, the emerging institutional, contexts and the capacity building that is required in rapid change.