Revisiting Marshall McLuhan's work on the ways that technologies influence societies, Adria reconsiders the effects technologies have had on Canadian regionalism and nationalism. Offering key insights into media history, the author outlines the influence that newspapers, radio, and television have had in forming a mindset ready to welcome the internet age. As the digital revolution continues to shape the world into a global village, Technology and Nationalism provides a detailed and overdue reflection on the influence of technology on the social and political bonds we form and inhabit.
Marco Adria is professor of communications and director of the Graduate Program in Communications and Technology at the University of Alberta.
Acknowledgments; Introduction 1 Explaining Nationalism; 2 Technology and National Identity in Canada; 3 Nationalism and Regionalism; 4 The Tribal Drum of New Media; 5 The Demonstration Effect and the Social Meaning of New Organizations; 6 The Internet and the Future of Technology and Nationalism Bibliography; Index