775779 EJC0010.1177/0267323118775779European Journal of CommunicationReview Essay book-review2018 Review Essay European Journal of Communication 2018, Vol. 33(3) 338 –343 Pity the poor engineer © The Author(s) 2018 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323118775779 DOI: 10.1177/0267323118775779 journals.sagepub.com/home/ejc Massimo Ragnedda and Glenn W. Muschert (eds), Theorizing Digital Divides. Abingdon: Routledge, 2018. £105. 217 pp. (hardback), £39.99 (ebook). ISBN 9781138210400 Hamid R. Ekbia and Bonnie A. Nardi, Heteromation, and Other Stories of Computing and Capitalism. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2017. £27.95. 280 pp. ISBN 9780262036252 Reviewed by: Kieron O’Hara, University of Southampton, UK Pity the poor engineer. She wishes to do good and to employ her technical skills to ben- efit humankind. She has a sense of what is harmful and thinks she can give people some tools to ameliorate it. The Internet, together with the digital technologies that enable networks to develop and flourish at scale, looks, to the beneficent-minded engineer, to be a no-brainer – a means to communicate, collaborate and pursue joint projects, empower- ing individuals and communities and including the excluded. It lowers the barriers to publication, giving voice to the voiceless and creating new modalities for holding the powerful to account. She accepts that her view is idealised,
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