This book provides one of the first clear-headed assessments of information technology and organizational transformation. Its virtue is not so much in its recognition of the importance of the subject; speculations on this topic have been rampant for more than a decade. Rather, it is unusual and unusually useful, because it avoids speculation in favor of conceptually coherent accounts grounded in empirical study of actual organizations. The chapters contained in this volume move beyond the superficial glorification of information technology as an extraordinary instrument of social change, and straight to the heart of the mechanisms of change as they play out in everyday organizational life. In the process, they reaffirm that the real story of information technology in organizations is more about people than about technology. Taken together, they provide an important contribution to the intellectual foundations of one of the most interesting developments in decades.

Politically Wired: The Changing Places of Political Participation in the Age of the Internet

Politically wired: The changing places of political participation in the age of the internet
CharlesBazerman

Literacy, print, and journalism have during recent centuries become associated with an informed citizenry, political participation, and democratic forms of government. Freedom of the press—the First Amendment with its implied ability to question orthodoxy and entrenched interests, expose the deeds and misdeeds of the powerful and those entrusted with the powers of the state, and present alternative views of life and belief—has regularly been viewed as the cornerstone of U.S. democracy. To this we have added, over the past century and a half, a strong belief in public education to provide all citizens the means to participate in ...

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