For as long as people have developed new technologies, there has been debate over the purposes, shape, and potential for their use. In this exciting collection, a range of contributors, including Sherry Turkle, Lynn Spigel, John Perry Barlow, Langdon Winner, David Nye, and Lord Asa Briggs, discuss the visions that have shaped 'new' technologies and the cultural implications of technological adaptation. Focusing on issues such as the nature of prediction, community, citizenship, consumption, and the nation, as well as the metaphors that have shaped public debates about technology, the authors examine innovations past and present, from the telegraph and the portable television to the Internet, to better understand how our visions and imagination have shaped the meaning and use of technology.Author note: Marita Sturken is Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and the author of "Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering" and "Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture" (with Lisa Cartwright).
Douglas Thomas is Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He is author of three books, most recently "Hacker Culture". Sandra Ball-Rokeach is a Professor and Director of the Communication Technology and Community Program in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. She is author of several books, including "Theories of Mass Communication" (with M. L. De Fleur).