A Nation Transformed by Information: How Information Has Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present

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Alfred D. Chandler Jr., James W. Cortada
Oxford University Press, Aug 10, 2000 - Business & Economics - 404 pages
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This book makes the startling case that North Americans were getting on the "information highway" as early as the 1700's, and have been using it as a critical building block of their social, economic, and political world ever since. By the time of the founding of the United States, there was a postal system and roads for the distribution of mail copyright laws to protect intellectual property, and newspapers, books, and broadsides to bring information to a populace that was building a nation on the basis of an informed electorate. In the 19th century, Americans developed the telegraph, telephone, and motion pictures, inventions that further expanded the reach of information. In the 20th century they added television, computers, and the Internet, ultimately connecting themselves to a whole world of information. From the beginning North Americans were willing to invest in the infrastructure to make such connectivity possible. This book explores what the deployment of these technologies says about American society. The editors assembled a group of contributors who are experts in their particular fields and worked with them to create a book that is fully integrated and cross-referenced.
 

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Contents

The Information Age in Historical Perspective Introduction
3
Early American Origins of the Informat1on Age
39
Recasting the Information Infrastructure for the Industrial Age
55
Business Use of Informat1on and Technology during the Industrial Age
107
The Threshold of the Informat1on Age Radio Television and Motion Pictures Mobilize the Nation
137
Progenitors of the Information Age The Development of Chips and Computers
177
Information Technology Management Since 1960
217
Computers in US Households Since 1977
257
The Information Age Continuities and Differences
281
Notes
301
Bibliographic Essay on the Role of Information in the Transformation of the United States
345
Index
363
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