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By Ananda Mitra

ISBN-10: 8132104668

ISBN-13: 9788132104667

This ebook explores the results of technological alienation on participants and groups within the sleek time. This ebook explores complicated applied sciences, offers methods of opting for the degrees of alienation and indicates treatments for overcoming the alienation and changing into higher and empowered clients of know-how. The publication bargains alienation scales in questionnaires on the finish of each bankruptcy facing know-how alienation which might serve very convenient for the readers. Replete with examples and written in lucid language, its funny, tongue-in-cheek sort will have interaction the reader.

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Consider, for instance, the way in which the radio reception technology has changed over time. In the beginning of the development of the radio technology, the receivers were large and bulky because their operation depended on the vacuum “tubes”. These could be about two inches tall and an inch in diameter and a typical radio could need a dozen such tubes making the whole unit rather big. Radios were often like large screen TVs of the early twenty-first century and the radio receiver would take up significant space in whichever room it was kept.

With the increasing sophistication of the technology and within limited and prescribed use the technology has become ubiquitous because we do not notice its presence. For a technology to become ubiquitous it must be invisible to the user while the technology continues to provide the functionality the user demands from the technology. Once a user feels satisfied with the technology the user remains blissfully unaware of the level of alienation that the user is operating at since questions such as how the technology works is relegated off-stage and the technology simply takes centerstage as users continue to use it.

Perhaps the task related to that obsolete tool has disappeared altogether. Thus a third phenomenon that is related to the first level of alienation deals with technological obsolescence. ” was relatively stable. It might have taken a bit of time to arrive at the answer but once the first level of alienation was overcome, it was possible to stick with the answer and try and cross over the other levels of alienation. This was the age of “lifelong” technology where the manufacturing process assumed that the tool would last a person’s entire life.

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