Technology: Friend or Foe? – Communities Magazine Winter Issue

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Communities Magazine — Winter 2014
Technology: Friend or Foe?
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Technology: Friend or Foe? - Communities Magazine Cover - Winter #165Technology: Friend or Foe?—Issue #165

Our latest Communities issue on Technology: Friend or Foe? is proving to be very popular. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now!

In our issue on “Technology: Friend or Foe?,” authors examine the impacts of modern technology on their experience of community. Has the digital age brought us closer together, or moved us apart? How has it impacted our relationship with the rest of the living world? What does “appropriate use of technology” look like, and what is “appropriate technology”? We explore the full range of sentiment from technological optimism to technological skepticism.

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Articles Featured Online. The following articles from our current issue have been posted at our blog

Social Media or Social Isolation? Or is there a third way? Social Media or Social Isolation? Or is there a third way? by Devon Bonady

Avoiding computers can mean losing out on connecting with others when one is desperate for connection, yet a rich, computer-free, community-based social life is also possible.

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Kindista: Technology for Living More FreelyKindista: Technology for Living More Freely by Benjamin Crandall

Born of collaboration, an innovative technology helps build community by encouraging trust, appreciation, and giving from the heart.

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Technology on the Path to Reality: Snapshots from the Pre-Post-Digital Age Technology on the Path to Reality: Snapshots from the Pre-Post-Digital Age by Chris Roth

Misadventures with a cell phone help the author dial into more enduring, meaningful adventures and relationships not dependent on an electronic-communications hamster wheel.

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Also in This Issue

  • Publisher’s Note: Questioning Technology by Laird Schaub
  • Notes from the Editor: Technology, Nature, and Community by Chris Roth
  • “Appropriate” Technology and Community on the Path to Resiliency by Janel Healy
  • Technology: Our External Thumb by Christopher Kindig
  • Back to Life: Returning from the Virtual to the Real by Ethan Hughes
  • Grand Theft Utopia: What Can Video Games Teach Us about Community? by David Leach
  • Using the Internet, Questioning the Internet: Multigenerational Perspectives on Community, Authenticity, and Cyberspace by Susan Jennings
  • Technological Musings of an Apocaloptimist by Paul Brooks
  • Technology and the Art of Discrimination by Michelle Wheeler
  • Black Oak Down: On Chainsaws and Mortality, Denial and Acceptance by Shepherd Bliss
  • Loving Earth Sanctuary: Two Women’s Quest for a Low-Tech Life by Gloria Wilson
  • The Virtues of Off-Line Communication by Sam Katz
  • Technology in Service of Community by Lindsay Hagamen and Walt Patrick
  • Life with the Solar Kitchen by Frederick Weihe
  • Tiny Houses as Appropriate Technology by Mary Murphy
  • Why No Tyranny of the Minority in Sociocracy: How Sociocracy Can Help by Diana Leafe Christian
  • Creating Cooperative Culture–Reflections on Sociocracy by Laird Schaub


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