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05-13-1994, 06:55 AM
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Below is the abstract of a forthcoming article to appear in
TECHNOLOGY STUDIES (TS), an international, multidisciplinary
journal, the first issue of which is scheduled to appear in
Summer 1994. TS provides Open Peer Commentaries on important
and controversial current research in the field of technology
studies. Several commentaries will be published alongside this
article, and will be followed by the author's rejoinder. To be
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TITLE: Anticipating Applications for Digital Video Communications:
Two Scenarios for Australia

AUTHOR: Tony Stephenson and June Lennie
The Communication Centre, Faculty of Business
Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia


This paper advocates that Australia adopt a collaborative,
coevolutionary approach to anticipating the appropriate forms and
uses for digital video communications (DVC), particularly for
interactive communication. It argues that the social and cultural
implications of this technology need to be considered before it is
introduced, to avoid problems such as inequitable access and increased
control by powerful institutions and individuals. These issues are
discussed in the context of the trend towards visualisation and
convergence, and the wide range of DVC applications suggested by
Japanese examples. Two likely future scenarios for Australia are
compared: the Conventional Age - a technology-driven future based
on consumerism and economic rationalism, and the Communicative Age - an
interactive, coevolutionary future which emphasises human and social
concerns and is grounded in an ecologically sustainable social-economic
system. An interactive communication process involving people from
diverse backgrounds is recommended to lead Australia to this
coevolutionary future through strategic cooperation with Northeast Asia.
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Urs E. Gattiker