Making the Information Society

Making the Information Society : Experience, Consequences, and Possibilities

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Making the Information Society illuminates the complex chain of experiences,consequences, and possibilities that launched the information age in theU.S., and drive it onward today. Dr. James Cortada shows how Americans haveleveraged information technology in every area of their lives -- and offersa provocative look at the next phase of this new American revolution.
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  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 25.4mm | 762.05g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130659061
  • 9780130659064

Table of contents

Preface. 1. An Introduction to the Long Trip to the Information Age. General Patterns of Information in American Life. Birth and Evolution of the Information Age in America. Events at Mid-Century. Conclusions.2. The Long Trip to the Information Age. America's Love Affair with Information Machines. The Ubiquitous Typewriter. Crunching Numbers: Adding and Calculating Machines. Big Time Computing: Punched-Card Tabulators. Hello!: Role of the Telephone. The Radio in America. Arrival of Electronic Entertainment: Television. What Americans Thought of Information Just Before the Computer. Conclusions.3. Big Gizmos, New Tools, and a Changing Way of Life, 1950-1995. A Quick Course on How Computers Were Invented. The Invention of Software. Military Uses of Computers. Business Uses of Computers. Computers for Entertainment. Consequences of the Computer. Conclusions.4. America's Love Affair with the Internet. Creation of the Internet. Digitizing America the Small Way. The Special Role of Globalization. Conclusions.5. How Information Is Playing a Bigger Role in American Work. Some Realities About the American Economy. Information Workers and Knowledge Management. Book Publishing: As Source of Information. Role of Newspapers and Magazines: American Information Landmarks. Everyone an Information Technology Worker? A Peek at Our Future? Patterns in Work and Workplaces. The Internet as a Source of Information. Consequences and Implications for Worker Productivity. Conclusions.6. Information and Leisure Activities. Informationalizing Sports: Baseball, Football, and Basketball. Reading and Collecting Books for Entertainment. Information, Tourism, and the American Vacation. Pursuing Education on One's Own Initiative. Playing on the Net. Television: A Media in Transition. Patterns and Consequences. Conclusions.7. Information and Religion. Patterns From the Age of Paper. Origins of American Religious Practices. The Special Role of the Bible. Role of Radio and TV. Cyber-Religion: Religious Life and the Internet. Consequences and Possibilities.8. Public Policy and Information. Origins of Policies and Infrastructures in the Age of Paper. The Special Role of Book Banning. The Special Role of the Press. Expanding Access to Information. Policies and Infrastructures in the Electrical Age. V-Chips and Television. Recent Trends in Regulatory Practices. Uncle Sam, the Ultimate Venture Capitalist of Digital Technologies. The Special Case of the Internet. Conclusions.9. A Digital Democracy. How Will e-Democracy Evolve? The Special Role of the Internet. So What Are We to Do?10. The Future of Information in America. Does Technology Have a Will of Its Own? Some Basic Assumptions About the Future. How Information Technology Is Affecting Our Future. Effects of Further Economic Globalization on How Americans Use Information. American Values, Beliefs, and Habits. The Nature of American Information. Conclusions.11. Leveraging Information for Fun and Profit. Consequences and Possibilities for Workers and Managers. Consequences and Possibilities for Players. Consequences and Possibilities for the Religious. Consequences and Possibilities for Public Officials and Citizens. Some Final Thoughts.12. Learning More About Info-America. Historical Background. The Telephone. The Computer. Economics of the Information Age. Work in the United States. Sociological Views of Information in America. Leisure in the United States. Religion in the United States. The Internet. Public Policy and Information. Future of Information in America.Index.
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About James W. Cortada

DR. JAMES W. CORTADA is Director of CSL Programs and Support for IBM Global Services in Madison, WI. He is a leading authority on the use, management, and history of information technology, and is author of over two dozen books on these subjects. He lectures widely on how companies are moving from the old to the new economy.Cortada's most recent books include 21st Century Business: Managing and Working in the New Digital Economy (Prentice Hall PTR); Into the Network Age: How IBM and Other Companies Are Getting There Now; The Rise of the Knowledge Worker, and Best Practices in Information Technology. Together with Professor Alfred D. Chandler, he edited A Nation Transformed: How Information Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present.Dr. Cortada is a member of the American Society of Quality and is the Chairman of the Charles Babbage Foundation at the University of Minnesota. He holds a Ph.D. in Modern History from Florida State University.
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