Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart - Preface

  • Bonnie Nardi
  • Vicki O'Day


The common rhetoric about technology falls into two extreme categories: uncritical acceptance or blanket rejection. These two positions leave us with poor choices for action. They encourage us to accept as inevitable whatever technological changes come along. Claiming a middle ground, these chapters from the book Information Ecologies (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999) call for responsible, informed engagement with technology in local settings, or information ecologies. An information ecology is a system of people, practices, technologies, and values in a local environment. Like their biological counterparts, information ecologies are diverse, continually evolving, and complex.
How to Cite
Nardi, B., & O’Day, V. (1999). Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart - Preface. First Monday, 4(5).