August 1997

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Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine
ISSN 1076-027X / Volume 4, Number 8 / August 1, 1997

Editor's Page: Where Have We Been?
If there is any theme to this month's issue, it is that the world of online communication is still very much in formation.


* Enhancing Cross Cultural Education Through the Internet
How does one go about creating a course? How does one imbue words and concepts with life, immediacy and relevance? Jon Franklin Ramsoonair describes sequence of steps he took in setting up a cross cultural management course to make extensive use of the Internet to add to the experience of fourth year and MBA students.

* New Directions for New Media
How are new media devotees are inventing new reasons and ways to communicate? Chris Lapham reports on Columbia University's Institute for Tele-Information's conference, "The Collision of Conduit and Content: Changing Models for News and Entertainment Publishing," held recently in New York City.

* Now, McLuhan is the Message
Marshall McLuhan has been dead for years, yet some media thinkers still consider his work of value. Mick Doherty presents this review of the book, Forward Through the Rearview Mirror: Reflections on and by Marshall McLuhan, as well as CD-ROMs and Web sites about McLuhan.


David Shenk responds to last month's review of his book Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut. The reviewer, Chris Harper, comments on Shenk's response.

* Book Review: Encountering Insufferable Elitism
Who is influential in the digital world? Is it even reasonable to profile a cyber "elite" without it turning into "a mutual admiration suck fest?" Don Langham reviews Digerati: Encounters With the Cyber Elite by John Brockman.

* Call For Articles: Computer-Mediated Communication and Disability
In her January 1997 article in CMC Magazine, Jennifer Gold asked, "Does CMC present individuals with disabilities opportunities or barriers?" She continues with this question and invites others to contribute to answering it in this call for articles for a forthcoming special issue on computer-mediated communication and disability.

* The Last Link: So Long, Highway
John December chides the Clinton administration for political opportunism in its Internet policies.

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