How Computers transform Education, Work, and International Development in Ways that are Ecologically Unsustainable
Chapter 2: The Cultural Non-Neutrality of the Digital Revolution and the Deepening Ecological Crisis
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The Cultural Non-Neutrality of the Digital Revolution and the Deepening Ecological Crisis
Does the form of consciousness reinforced by digital storage, thinking, and communication support sustainable cultural and natural ecologies? Or does it lead to destructive ecologies that are now being globalized? These are two of the most important questions not being asked by computer scientists and engineers. Nor are they being asked by classroom teachers and university professors.
The immediate reaction of most environmental scientists who rely upon computers to study the behavior of natural ecologies will be to dismiss these questions as utter nonsense. Unfortunately, their response is not likely to be informed by the many ways that digitally mediated (that is, primarily computer mediated) thought and communication reinforce a form of consciousness that is radically different from that found in cultures where the spoken word is the primary basis of thought and communication.
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