Information Superhighways

Information Superhighways

Multimedia Users and Futures

1st Edition - May 15, 1995

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  • Editor: Stephen Emmott
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780122383601

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A global information revolution has begun. Converging communications and computing technologies are forming information superhighways, linking people and information interactively, at any time, in any place, via a combination of multimedia, digital video, sound, graphics, and text.The challenge now is to understand the needs of people as the users of information superhighways and develop products and services that use the technological advances to positive effect. This is the first book to examine these issues. It shows that by focusing on users, a range of multimedia applications emerge which make more imaginative use of computing and bandwidth than the products of the current focus on application development, such as"video on demand."The book emphasizes the point that the information revolution will be driven by users, not the multimedia industry.Information Superhighways is essential reading for those working in the communications, computing, and media industries, and in multimedia. It will also be of interest to students and practitioners in psychology, computing, and human-computer interaction.

Key Features

  • Foreword by best-selling author Nicholas Negroponte, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Senior Columnist for Wired magazine
  • Discusses the importance of the coming information age
  • Outlines need for innovation in regulatory policy
  • Presents the idea of using multimedia to design organizations
  • Describes multimedia-supported group working
  • Gives discussion of designing media space
  • Provides coverage of issues in user-centered multimedia development


Researchers and practitioners in multimedia and visual communications.

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Overview: S. Emmott, Introduction. Part 2: Issues: P. Cochrane, The Information Wave. R. Mansell, From Telephony to Telematics: Equity, Efficiency and Regulatory Innovation. R. Silverstone, Media, Communication, Information, and the 'Revolution of Everyday Life. W. Dutton, Driving into the Future of Communications? Check the Rearview Mirror. N. Sheehy, Designing Organizations Using Telematic Technologies: Risks and Benefits. Part 3: Applications: J. Tang and E. Isaacs, Studies of Multimedia-Supported Collaboration. C. Heath, P. Luff, and A. Sellen, From Video-Mediated Communication to Technologies for Collaboration: Reconfiguring Media Space. D. Travis, The Electronic Agora. B. Nardi, H. Schwarz, A. Kuchinsky, R. Leichner, S. Whittaker, and R. Sclabassi, Video-as-Data: Turning Away from Talking Heads. V. Bruce, The Role of the Face in Face-to-Face Communication: Implications for Videotelephony. R. Watt, An Examination of the Visual Aspects of Human Facial Gesture. A. Monk, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Multimedia Research. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 1995
  • Published: May 15, 1995
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780122383601

About the Editor

Stephen Emmott

Affiliations and Expertise

Big Think Ltd.

About the Series Editors

Andrew Monk

Affiliations and Expertise

University of York

Brian Gaines

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary

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