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CONCLUSIONS

Jennifer H. Meadows, Ph.D. & August E. Grant, Ph.D.*

The preceding 24 chapters reflect a number of important trends in communication technology. The most important lesson to draw from these trends is the manner in which the interplay of economic, political, and cultural factors affects the adoption and uses of technologies.

Since the publication of the first edition of this book in 1992, the chapter lineup has changed many times, but these factors remain the consistent forces that shape the technologies discussed. Because these technologies will continue to change over the next decades, the most useful information to retain from this book is the manner in which the social forces discussed above will impact the technologies and ...

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