Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet
Beginning with the development of the compass, Ruling the Waves examines a series of technological revolutions that promised, in their time, to transform the world's politics and business. With Debora Spar's gifted storytelling, each chapter reads like an adventure tale as she recounts the histories of the printing press and maps; of the telegraph, radio, and satellite television; of software, encryption, and the advent of digital music. At each of these junctures Spar suggests that invention led to both a wave of commerce and of chaos.
Entrepreneurs such as Samuel Morse and Rupert Murdoch carved new markets from the emerging technology and proclaimed that the old rules no longer applied. And for a while, they were right. But eventually--and inevitably--even cowboys need rules: rules of property, rules of coordination, rules of competition. The erstwhile pioneers thus turn to government, lobbying for order and setting the stage for the next wave of discovery.
A fascinating history of business, Ruling the Waves is also an original, thought-provoking analysis of the parallels between past innovations and inventions and our own tumultuous times.
91 pages matching American in this book
Results 1-3 of 91
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
American anarchy antitrust argued artists Atlantic became began Bill Gates Britain's broadcast browser BSkyB cable century channels Clipper Chip commercial communication competition created cryptography cyberspace cypherpunks digital television early Electric emerging encryption established Europe European eventually example formal Gates innovation Internet ITVs labels launched license lines London Marconi Marconi Company ment messages Microsoft monopoly Morse Murdoch Napster Navy Netscape Office once ONdigital online music operating Partenia patent percent personal computer pioneers piracy pirates political private firms problem profits programming property rights Quoted radio industry record regulation RIAA rules sailed Sarnoff satellite television SDMI ships signals simply Sky's standards stations technical technological frontier tele Telegraph Company telegraph industry tion trade transmission U.S. government United University Press users Vigenere cipher wave Western Union wire wireless York