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New Media, Communication, and Society

A Fast, Straightforward Examination of Key Topics

Mary Ann Allison and Cheryl A. Casey

New Media, Communication, and Society is a fast, straightforward examination of key topics which will be useful and engaging for both students and professors. It connects students to wide-ranging resources and challenges them to develop their own opinions. Moreover, it encourages students to develop media literacy so they can speak up and  make a difference in the world. Short chapters with lots of illustrations encourage reading and provide a springboard for conversation inside and outside of the classroom. Wide-ranging topics spark interest. Chapters include suggestions for additional exploration, a media literacy exercise, and a point that is just for fun. Every chapter includes thought leaders, ranging from leading researchers to business leaders to entrepreneurs, from Socrates to Doug Rushkoff and Lance Strate to Bill Gates.

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30 A Media Dashboard for Humanity (Mary Ann Allison)

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CHAPTER 30

A Media Dashboard for Humanity

Mary Ann Allison

If your grandfather says things were simpler and slower in his day, he’s right.

• Change continues to get faster.

• Complexity is rising.

• Connections among humans and our technologies are not only increasing but also increasingly binding.

With every advance in ICT (information and communication technology), human connectedness increases as well. With connection comes rich opportunity but also vulnerability. Problems on a stock market on one side of the globe now affect markets around the planet in seconds. Weather damage to crops increases prices and creates shortages and hunger everywhere.

The information needed to turn on a dime

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