Posted by: africanpressorganization | 31 October 2011

Are Electronic Gadgets Exporting Cultures, Values, and Lifestyles – and at What Hidden Cost?

 

Are Electronic Gadgets Exporting Cultures, Values, and Lifestyles – and at What Hidden Cost?

 

[31-October-2011]

 

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — In what ways are technology and social media impacting both the individual and society itself in parts of Africa and Asia? What is different about the impact of new gadgets and technology (social media, the Web, videogames, cell phones) and the impact of Industrial Age technologies (television, telephones, and automobiles)? Are the new gadgets exporting the cultures of the wealthier nations that developed them to the less-developed nations – for example, the consumer economy, diversion and stimulation, and status symbols? And how is overdependence on new gadgets and technology impacting mental health, altering notions of identity, and magnifying or mitigating other social issues? Find out more in “The Effects of Technology and Globalization on Society and the Individual in Developing Countries, Now and in the Future,” by M. Anjum Irfan and Madiha Irfan. The article, published in the latest transcultural thematic issue of FUTUREtakes in partnership with Children Creating Bridges (CCB), Inc., is posted at http://www.futuretakes.org/docs/Volume%2010%20no%201/v10n1_article2.pdf

Children Creating Bridges (CCB), based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, is a 501© 3 nonprofit organization that engages children in cross-cultural and trans-generational experiences. Recognizing that children represent the future and are catalysts for change, CCB sponsors programs that connect children of different socio-economic classes, races, religions, cultures, and nations. The objective is to inspire trans-national and inter-cultural dialogue, mutual respect, and celebration of diversity, which in turn promotes harmony and facilitates expanded consciousness and self-identity.

In addition, the CCB sponsors the Institute of Peace, Justice, and Interfaith Dialog (IPJID), which promotes the sharing of beliefs, traditions, and perspectives among adults and children. This unique institute brings peoples of various faiths and backgrounds together by organizing seminars, symposiums, lectures and workshops on important contemporary issues. It helps churches, synagogues, mosques, schools, and other groups organize presentations on current world affairs and interfaith dialogue, and it offers this service to any organization that wants to promote peace and harmony in its local community.

FUTUREtakes, published by the Washington DC based Center for Transcultural Foresight, Inc., brings professions, disciplines, and cultures together to explore alternative future scenarios and the cross-cutting implications of social trends, technology advances, and policy decisions from a nonpartisan, non-advocacy perspective. Its thematic issue series and annual transcultural roundtables, originally inspired by lifestyle contrasts among Europe, North America, Asia, Native peoples, and others, explore cultural influences on values and lifestyles, cultural “exports” and “imports,” deculturation, cultural perspectives on the future, and the rich lessons that various cultures can offer to meet the challenges that the future may present. Past thematic issue authors have included educators, think tank staff, and diplomatic staff.

Both Children Creating Bridges, Inc. and FUTUREtakes share a common goal of helping people identify and transcend hidden culture-based assumptions and thereby develop complementary thinking skills that tomorrow’s citizens will need.

Additional information on Children Creating Bridges, Inc. and its programs is available at http://www.childrencreatingbridges.org. Further information about the FUTUREtakes transcultural thematic issue series can be found at http://www.futuretakes.org/Transcultural.html.

Media Contact: David Stein Center for Transcultural Foresight, Inc., 410-302-4568, president@transforesight.org

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SOURCE Transcultural Foresight, Inc.    


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