A Framework for Understanding Information Technology as Ecology

A Framework for Understanding Information Technology as Ecology

Andrew Basden (University of Salford, UK)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-036-3.ch008
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Abstract

Information technology (IT) deeply influences the way we live, our assumptions, aspirations, expectations, habits -- our very life-and-world-views (LWVs). It has become an environment in which we live and work, a kind of ecology in which modern life takes place. We have created it, but it also creates, or at least deeply affects, us. This area is concerned with what Lyon (1988) called the information society and Castells (1996), the network society, and it is in this area that such things as Walsham’s (2001) discussion of globalisation are considered. It addresses issues of the type found in Vignette 5 in the Preface.

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Acknowledgment
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Chapter 1
Introduction  (pages 1-30)
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The purpose of this book is to introduce a different way of looking at IT and IS, and to suggest some tools to help us do this and to take action.... Sample PDF
Introduction
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Chapter 2
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The aim of this chapter is to introduce the thought of Herman Dooyeweerd, giving a basic overview of the main themes and ways of thinking that are... Sample PDF
Overview of Dooyeweerd's Philosophy
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Chapter 3
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This chapter explains some portions of Dooyeweerd’s positive philosophy which author has found useful in understanding IS. It covers Dooyeweerd’s... Sample PDF
Some Portions of Dooyeweerd's Positive Philosophy
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Chapter 4
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This chapter seeks to open it up further and explore how Dooyeweerd’s philosophy can be used to understand human use of computers (HUC) by exposing... Sample PDF
A Framework for Understanding Human Use of Computers
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Chapter 5
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"What is a computer?" and "What is information?" are questions that the reflective user will sometimes ponder. These questions do not refer to what... Sample PDF
A Framework for Understanding the Nature of Computers and Information
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Chapter 6
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This chapter explores how Dooyeweerd’s philosophy might help us understand the challenges and issues in ISD as they are seen from an everyday... Sample PDF
A Framework for Understanding Information Systems Development
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Chapter 7
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Information systems developers make use of information technology resources. IT resources might include, for example, tools like editors, compilers... Sample PDF
A Framework for Understanding Information Technology Resources
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Chapter 8
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Information technology (IT) deeply influences the way we live, our assumptions, aspirations, expectations, habits -- our very life-and-world-views... Sample PDF
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Chapter 9
Reflections  (pages 339-372)
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The reason we have been content to emerge with five answers rather than trying to find a single over-arching one -- or, contrariwise, to sink into a... Sample PDF
Reflections
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Glossary and Abbreviations
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