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CULTURAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION
Special Issue: Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de Communication (CIOS/Comserve)
International Conference: CATAC'98, 13 August 1998, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London
Mirror Site: http://www.drury.edu/faculty/ess/catac/index.html
Computer-mediated communication (CMC) networks, such as the Internet and the World Wide Web, offer tantalizing possibilities of global communications. If such communications facilitate dialogues which both cross and preserve irreducible cultural and political boundaries, they may contribute immeasurably to greater global understanding and democratization.
But diverse cultural attitudes towards technology and communication also issue in culturally distinctive ways of implementing and using CMC technologies. Some of these culturally-grounded differences in implementation and use frustrate, rather than facilitate, hopes for greater global communication.
Our thematic question: how do diverse cultural attitudes shape the implementation and use of CMC technologies?
We seek to respond to this question by bringing together, in a special issue and international conference, papers which articulate the connections between specific cultural values and present and/or possible future communicative practices involving CMC technologies. We seek articles which, taken together, will help readers, researchers, and practitioners of "electronic democracy" better understand the role of diverse cultural attitudes as hindering and/or furthering the implementation of global computer communications systems such as the Internet and the World Wide Web.