This volume illuminates the complexity of our modern era, exploring how society can leverage exciting new opportunities whilst recognizing the complex challenges we face in a time of constant change. It helps us understand how we have come to this point and where we may be going so that we may study the opportunities and the dangers, the chances and the risks, that digital media pose in our quest for some version of «the good life».
Chapter Twelve: Reimagining the Good Life with Disability: Communication, New Technology, and Humane Connections
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Reimagining the Good Life with Disability
Communication, New Technology, and Humane Connections
MERYL ALPER, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, USAELIZABETH ELLCESSOR, INDIANA UNIVERSITY, USAKATIE ELLIS, CURTIN UNIVERSITY, AUSTRALIAGERARD MICHAEL GOGGIN, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Many deeply cherished notions of “the good life” are based on limiting notions of humans, things, and their environment. In particular, “the good life” is often imagined as a realm beyond illness, impairment, and especially, disability. This view is informed by deficit models of disability, which individualize disability rather than explore the “socio-cultural conditions of disablism” (Goodley, 2011, p. 29). With contemporary communication and new media, disability is even more seen as an impediment, barrier, or tragedy, to be overcome with digital technology. Regrettably, the widely shared experience of disability and its complex relationships with communication are only rarely seen as a resource for how we achieve “the good life,” in our own lives and societies, now and in the future.
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