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The wired neighborhood /
Stephen Doheny-Farina.
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New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c1996.
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xv, 224 p.
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0300067658 (hc : alk. paper)
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New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c1996.
isbn
0300067658 (hc : alk. paper)
catalogue key
578211
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-220) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-04-01:
Doheny-Farina (technical communications, Clarkson Univ.) presents an interesting and very personal perspective on the impacts of current communications technologies. Rather than focus on technical aspects, he centers discussion around how people relate to the technologies and ultimately to one another. Though the author attempts to debunk many unsubstantiated claims of the advantages of these technologies, he is not antitechnology. His primary concerns are ethical and social and with countering "the destructive, globalizing seductions of cyberspace." He argues that what communities need are not electronic neighborhoods but geophysical neighborhoods, and that communication technologies can be used to reintegrate people within their placed (as opposed to virtual) communities. Part 4 presents an extended discussion of the National Capital FreeNet of Canada's Ottawa-Hull region, one of the world's largest community networks. The book also contains a section on civic organizations, primarily in Canada and the US, taken from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's list of organizations that promote online or offline community development activities. Recommended for undergraduate and graduate students and for anyone interested in a balanced look at the personal and social advantages and disadvantages of today's communications technologies. E. J. Szewczak Canisius College
Appeared in Library Journal on 1996-10-01:
Telecommunication technologies have seduced increasing numbers of users into connecting to the worldwide virtual community. The universal question is whether this connectedness truly enhances our global perspective or merely isolates us from real relationships in our society. Doheny-Farina (technical communications, Clarkson Univ.) pursues this question headlong, examining both views. While taking the middle road, he argues that the virtual communities in which we participate are less important than our own geophysical neighborhoods. Though both are valuable in their own ways, he clearly suggests that we must not use the new technologies as drugs to escape the reality of our troubled neighborhoods. Rather, we need to focus these virtual forces on reinvigorating our communities. In a chapter entitled "Fight the Good Fight," Doheny-Farina outlines a step-by-step plan to meet this challenge to use the net not simply to connect to the world but to our own city, town, or neighborhood. This is an absorbing work on an important topic. Recommended for all libraries.‘Joe Accardi, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1996-09-23:
In his book about how computer technology affects our relationship to our geophysical communities, Doheny-Farina, an associate professor of technical communications at Clarkson University in upstate New York, offers excellent discussions on telecommuting, virtual education and also on community nets (locally based networks that serve as town hall, bulletin board, etc.) as the most recent version of early public-access cable TV. The problem is that much of his often wistful discussion is about a community that has already been thoroughly, perhaps fatally, compromised by the telephone and the car. Admitting that requires one of two responses‘either expanding the argument to include these other earlier technologies, or else admitting that we have accommodated to that technology and (aside from the few lost netsouls) will accommodate to this. His discussion of possible alternatives are generally logged-in suggestions about community-based CMC, like Ottawa's National Capital FreeNet. But one of the most important parts of community building is the unplanned encounter‘not the convergence of common interests but the chance meetings that make for a more generalized neighborliness. Doheny-Farina hints at the importance of this kind of interaction at several places but doesn't address it in his solution. Then again maybe this is just an acknowledgment of the computer's basic function. Computers were designed to make it easier to get what we know we want, not to find what we never knew we needed. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Kirkus Reviews, August 1996
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Library Journal, October 1996
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
In The Wired Neighborhood, Stephen Doheny-Farina offers a critical perspective on virtual reality and its social impact, showing how people meet and converse on the Net, how they teach and learn, and how they establish workplaces.
Unpaid Annotation
In this eloquent exploration of the nature of cyberspace and the increasing virtualization of everyday life, Stephen Doheny-Farina argues that electronic neighborhoods should be less important to us than our geophysical neighborhoods. He Speaks in favor of civic networking, a movement that organizes local information and culture, and shows how new technologies can help reinvigorate our troubled communities."The Wired Neighborhood punctures most of the inflated myths about the wondrous Net. Its author also points to one small corner of this datasphere that might build, not erode, community. If you absolutely must remain plugged-in, take his advice about where to aim your mouse". -- Bill McKibben"Lucid and precise...invaluable to a nuanced understanding of the technologies now transmogrifying the meaning of community and even reality". -- Utne Reader"The dilemma Doheny-Farina addresses is a real one that is unlikely to go away, and his book is a useful contribution to the debate.... He writes with an inviting fluency rare in academic Net discourse". -- Charles Shaar Murray, Daily Telegraph"Doheny-Farina, a shrewd observer of encroaching mediation, makes a number of important points". -- Sven Birkerts, Prevention"Nowhere online can you find all of these issues summarized or explicated.... I am confident that The Wired Neighborhood will remain an important early analysis of the effects of the Net on our towns and our lives". -- Steve Cisler, Communi
Table of Contents
The Immersions: A Preface
Real Cold, Simulated Heat: Virtual Reality at the Roxyp. 3
Immersive Virtualists and Wired Communitariansp. 19
Virtual Vermont: The Rise of the Global and the Decline of the Localp. 41
Seeking Public Space in a Virtual Worldp. 56
Seeking Public Space on the Internetp. 74
Telecommutingp. 87
Default Equals Offlinep. 97
Virtual Schoolsp. 105
The Communitarian Visionp. 121
Challenges to Community Networksp. 138
Reality versus the Communitarian Idealp. 152
"Today's Next Big Something"p. 161
Fight the Good Fightp. 177
List of Civic Organizationsp. 189
Notesp. 203
Indexp. 221
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