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Guest Editors' Introduction:The Social Realms of Technology

JBTC / July 2000 Gurak,Racine/GUESTEDITORS'INTRODUCTION Guest Editors' Introduction The Social Realms of Technology Technology--its influence and potential--is evident throughout our culture. To understand business and technical communication in today's culture, we must understand the technologies that are used to shape, mediate, and deliver messages. In an age in which the technol- ogies of cell phones, high-definition television, the Web, e-mail, and instant messaging have become almost invisible, communication researchers need to seek out critical understanding and offer critical readings of the ways that business and technical communication shapes and is shaped by the wired nature of modern life. With this imperative in mind, we proposed a special issue of JBTC about the social realms of technology. In specific, we hoped to address contextual, ethical, legal, and other issues related to technology and our social conditions. We are happy to say that this special issue does that and more. The articles in this issue cover a range of methods, top- ics, and ideas, and we hope readers will find the issue invigorating and thought provoking. In the first article, "Taking Cues from the Culture: The Case of Net- work Earth," Saul Carliner describes the design and development of Network http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Business and Technical Communication SAGE

Guest Editors' Introduction:The Social Realms of Technology

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JBTC / July 2000 Gurak,Racine/GUESTEDITORS'INTRODUCTION Guest Editors' Introduction The Social Realms of Technology Technology--its influence and potential--is evident throughout our culture. To understand business and technical communication in today's culture, we must understand the technologies that are used to shape, mediate, and deliver messages. In an age in which the technol- ogies of cell phones, high-definition television, the Web, e-mail, and instant messaging have become almost invisible, communication researchers need to seek out critical understanding and offer critical readings of the ways that business and technical communication shapes and is shaped by the wired nature of modern life. With this imperative in mind, we proposed a special issue of JBTC about the social realms of technology. In specific, we hoped to address contextual, ethical, legal, and other issues related to technology and our social conditions. We are happy to say that this special issue does that and more. The articles in this issue cover a range of methods, top- ics, and ideas, and we hope readers will find the issue invigorating and thought provoking. In the first article, "Taking Cues from the Culture: The Case of Net- work Earth," Saul Carliner describes the design and development of Network
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