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Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age by Virginia Eubanks




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"If we're to move forward as a society we'll need to abandon many of the platitudes and utopian musings that characterize computerization and actually start doing the work that needs doing. This is what Virginia Eubanks lays out in Digital Dead End.

Is she the Jane Addams of the digital age?"

--Douglas Schuler, author of Liberating Voices: A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution




The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust. Today we are told that universal broadband access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social and economic equality. But how realistic is that expectation?

Digital Dead End explores the magical thinking that often accompanies high-tech innovation and economic development, asking the question:

How do we build a truly just information age?