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What is Technophile

Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices
A term used to describe someone who has love or enthusiasm for technology, especially computer technology. The term often has a negative connotation, often used to describe someone who is blinded by their enthusiasm for computer technology and uncritical of its uses.
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Negotiating Virtual Identity in an Age of Globalization
Neil P. Baird (University of Nevada, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-893-2.ch046
Virtual workplaces are no longer the province of young technophiles, and we must become more conscious of the particular challenges and issues those considered “nontraditional” face in this new environment. Continued globalization, fostered in part by computer-mediated communication, is bringing diverse populations together in virtual spaces; however, because we bring our culture with us when we move online, the default identity of the faceless virtual workplace becomes the young, white male. How do those considered nontraditional then negotiate their identity in order to contribute successfully? This chapter will explore this question with a case study of a Vietnam veteran in the workplace of a freshman writing classroom and, in doing so, will invite educators, employers, and researchers into discussions of virtual identity and interaction, how we perform ourselves in online workplaces, and fostering virtual communities.
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