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Whose Global Village?

Whose Global Village?
Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World

First Edition

November 2017 | 292 pages | SAGE Vistaar

In the digital age, technology has shrunk the physical world into a “global village,” where people seem to be connected as an online community. Yet social media and other digital technology tools, assumed often as open and accessible to all, are in reality commercial entities which often reinforce the inequalities of globalization, rarely reflecting the perspectives of those at the bottom of the digital divide.                

This book asks its readers to reconsider “whose global village” is being shaped with the digital technology revolution today. Sharing stories of collaboration with Native Americans in California and New Mexico, revolutionaries in Egypt, communities in rural India, and others across the world, it urges us to reimagine what digital devices or social media platforms may look like when considered from the perspective of diverse cultures rather than corporate elites or Western consumers. Such collaborations can enable a people-first approach toward designing and working with new technology worldwide.

Technology Myths and Histories
Digital Stories from the Developing World
Native Americans, Networks, and Technology
Multiple Voices: Performing Technology and Knowledge
Taking Back Our Media

“… tackles the myth of digital universality head on … reads like a manifesto and is bound to stir up debate. A must read for media scholars, technology designers, and community organizations alike.”

Lisa Parks,
Professor of Comparative Media Studies, MIT

Ramesh Srinivasan

Ramesh Srinivasan is Director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab and a professor at UCLA who works across the world to study new technology’s interactions with diverse cultures and communities. An active contributor to the mainstream media and press, Srinivasan has worked in the middle of Egypt’s Arab Spring, with Native American and indigenous peoples across the Americas, within South Asia, and more to identify how new technologies can empower grassroots voices, equality, and the potential of democratic communication around the world. More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352802838