The Social Significance of Telematics

An essay on the information society

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The assumption underlying this book is that we are facing a societal transformation, a “silent revolution” in fact, with consequences at least as far reaching as those of the Industrial Revolution. The author of this book wants to intervene in the current discussion about this revolution, a discussion which is normally colored by a resigned determinism maintaining that the transformation will come about all by itself as an automatic consequence of the development of technology. As opposed to this, the author wants to politicize the debate by insisting on the fact that this silent revolution is not inextricably tied to the automatically whirring computer discs of technological development, but is dependent on a number of political choices.
[Pragmatics & Beyond, V:7]  1984.  xviii, 228 pp.
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Table of Contents
Author's Preface
ix
Translator's Preface
xiii
Introduction
1
1. The Technicalities of Telematics
11
2. The Social Significance of Telematics
17
2.1. The Significance of Technology
17
2.2. Technology: The Study of Human Ingenuity in the Pursuit of Chosen Goals
20
2.3. Society's Generation of Alternatives
23
2.4. The Future is very Present
27
2.5. Technology as Anticipation: Taking Arms against Pure Objectivity
29
3. The Tendential Content of Telematics
35
3.1. Technology or Economics?
35
3.2. Japan: I.T. Development Policy with Material Wealth as its Premiss
39
3.3. The Tendential Content of Telematics
53
4. The Latent Future Potential Inherent in Telematics
63
4.1. Technology: Salvation or Perdition?
63
4.2. Against Oversimplification: Towards the Structural Analysis of the Latent Future Potential Inherent in Telematics
69
4.3. Traditional Normative Thinking and Its Limitations
80
4.4. Anticipative Normative Thinking
90
5. Idleness Doesn't Pay!
95
6. Participative Grassroots Democracy at the Push of a Button?
105
6.1. Vertical and Horizontal Communication
106
6.2. Today's Democratic Dilemma
112
6.3. Back to the Old Laboratory: Today's Democratic Dilemma in Yesterday's Enlightenment Philosophy
118
6.4. Deadlock and Beyond
127
7. The Influence of Telematics on Modes of Perception and Morality
133
7.1. The Spatial and Temporal Boundaries of Enlightenment Philosophy
133
7.2. Practical Criticism Today: Transcending the Bounds of Space and Time in our Physical Environment
136
7.3. The Social Environment: From Physical Need Satisfaction Towards Need Manipulation
141
8. Telematics, Social Control, and the Blind Self-Deception of Unreflective Tendential Criticism
149
8.1. Knowledge is Power?
149
8.2. I.T. as Military Technology
151
8.3. The ‘Natural’ Opposition
153
8.4. Power Old and New: Confiscation v. Self-Castigation
154
9. Mediating the Qualitatively New: Some Seminal Examples of Ongoing Social Experiments in Sweden and France
159
9.1. Proving the Pudding: All Good Theories are Practically Useful!
159
9.2. The Necessity for Enthusiasm
162
9.3. Social Experiments with Telematics in France, Sweden and —?
164
10. The Only Conceivable Way Forward — Social Experiments with Telematics: Theory, Summary, Practical Guidelines, Conclusion
183
10.1 Some Fundamental Points in the Definition of the Theoretical Concept of Social Experiments with Telematics
183
10.2. Why and How Social Experiments with Telematics Can and Must Be Carried Out
187
10.3. Social Experiments with Telematics as Strategic Praxis in Relation to Utopian Theory
194
10.4. Practical Advantages of Social Experiments with Telematics
203
10.5. Summary of the Concept of ‘Social Experiments with Telematics’ and Some Concrete Guidelines
206
10.6. Conclusion: Advanced Technology in the Service of Mankind
213
Notes
217
References
221
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