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Communication for Social Change: Context, Social Movements and the Digital is a critical introduction to communication for social change (CSC) theory. The book presents refreshingly new perspectives and specifically makes the case for CSC theory to factor in context, leanings from social movements and a critique of the digital technology. This book offers perspectives on the historical continuities within this field of study along with the departures that have been hastened and shaped by confluences between ideas and practice as well as by digital technology and social movements. It introduces readers to a raft of new theorists of CSC and puts forth new thinking, new ideas, and a new basis for theorisation of communication for social change.
Chapter 9: The Other Side of the Digital: E-waste
The Other Side of the Digital: E-waste
One of the paradoxical features of ICTs in development is that digital technologies themselves are conflicted entities. CSC theorists and commentators often wax lyrical on the real and imagined impact of ICTs in development—the mobile phone being the latest recruit in information-led change. While these technologies certainly have potential, cumulatively and over decades, every new digital wonder has contributed to an ever-growing mountain of e-waste. Television, computers and now mobile phones are non-renewable—meaning that the material used to manufacture these technologies including plastics are non-biodegradeable, and while they can be recycled, there is very little evidence to show that there is a global imperative for recycling such products. Recycling is at ...