In Search for Unity within the Diversity of Information Societies

In Search for Unity within the Diversity of Information Societies

Darek M. Haftor (Stockholm University, Sweden & Linnaeus University, Sweden), Anita Mirijamdotter (Linnaeus University, Sweden) and Miranda Kajtazi (Linnaeus University, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-057-0.ch043
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Abstract

This final Chapter represents the responsibility, the privilege but also the aspiration of the two editors of this Gunilla Bradley Festschrift. The aspiration here is no less than to identify a key message that emerges out of the contributions in this volume considered as a whole. In other words, the question here is: what do all this research and reasoning say to us? Of course, each reader of this Volume will derive her or his own interpretation and thus also a key message, which we only see as the richness offered by this Festschrift. Therefore, the key message presented here must be regarded only as one possible message that is formed by the two editors’ own predispositions: intellectual, cultural, motivational, and other.
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“We have now a wholly new chance to explore the human side of societal change and take advantage of the technology to shape a good and balanced life. Let us use this opportunity for redesigning society towards peace, democracy and welfare for all...those who will develop, introduce and use technology that promotes peace, a deepening of democracy, welfare and quality of life for all will be the winners” G. Bradley, “Humans on the Net”, 2001 p. 21

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Convergence: The Product And The Producer

Gunilla Bradley’s more than four decade long inquiry into the human condition and well-being, took early focus on the post WWII introduction of ICT into professional, industrial, and then private and social affairs. One way of summarizing and presenting Gunilla Bradley’s research, yet not the only one, is through her so-called Convergence Model.

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