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Computers, Internet, and Society is a six-volume set that examines the field of computer technology and how its extraordinary development has affected the ways in which the global environment communicates and interacts. The paradox of today's computer technology is that it is both ubiquitous and invisible. The books in this set, designed to complement science curricula, make this technology "visible," so that it can be examined and provide students with the ability to think critically and responsibly about the role it plays in their daily lives.

Since the advent and proliferation of computers and computer technology in the 20th century, the speed and ease of everyday communication has increased dramatically, with further developments always around the corner. Communication and Cyberspace focuses on the most revolutionary of modern communication advancements, including e-mail, instant messaging, and social networking sites (including Facebook and Twitter), explaining how they affect daily personal communication as well as that of schools, businesses, hospitals, and other institutions. The book further illustrates how the invention of both the telegraph and the telephone laid the groundwork for the startling breakthroughts of modern-day communication.

The volume also includes information on


computer simulation

document sharing

electronic publishing

free speech on the Internet

Morse code

video communication


The book contains more than 30 color photographs and four-color line illustrations, sidebars, a chronology, a glossary, a detailed list of print and Internet resources, and an Index. Computers, Internet, and Society is essential for high school students, teachers, and general readers who wish to learn about the present and future impact of computer technology on the world around them.

The Computers, Internet, and Society Set

Communication and Cyberspace

Computer Ethics

Computers and Creativity

Computers in Science and Mathematics

Computers in the Workplace

Privacy, Security, and Cyberspace

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816077533
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Computers, Internet, and Society Series
  • Pages: 199
  • Sales rank: 1,442,628
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 History of Electronic Communication: From Morse Code to Talking through Your Computer 1

Telegraph 1

Telephone 7

Facsimile 11

Radio 13

Television 16

Interactivity 19

Computer Communications 22

Samuel Morse, Inventor of the Telegraph 26

Conclusions 29

2 Personal Communication: Staying in Touch with Friends and Family 31

Telephone 32

E-Mail 36

Instant Messenger and Chat 39

Usenet 41

Blogs 42

Twitter 45

Video and Audio Communications 46

Social Networking Web Sites 49

Ray Tamlinson, Programmer of the First E-mail Software 51

Conclusions 53

3 Business Communication: Beyond Interoffice Mail 56

Internal Communication: Networking Technology 56

Document Sharing and Management 61

Voice over IP and Video Communication 63

External Communication with Customers 65

Customer Relationship Management 68

Communication with Other Businesses 72

Meg Whitman, Former President and CEO of eBay 75

Conclusions 78

4 Education: The Modern Classroom 79

From Textbooks to Multimedia 79

Computer Simulation 83

Simulation and Training Surgeons 84

Collaboration 87

Distance Education 88

Testing 91

John Sperling, Founder of the University of Phoenix, the First For-Profit Adult Education University 95

Conclusions 98

5 Publishing and Journalism: The Printing Press Goes Online 100

The Printing Press 101

Gutenberg Printing Press 103

From Printing Press to Self-Publishing 105

Blogs 107

Online Self-Publishing 108

Computers and the Changing Nature of Journalism 110

The New Book 112

Brad Templeton, Electronic Publishing Pioneer 115

Conclusions 118

6 Accessibility: Accommodating People with Disabilities 121

Input Technology for People with Disabilities 122

Output Technology for People with Disabilities 125

Assistive Technology Success Stories 129

Ergonomics 131

Victor Tsaran, Yahoo! Accessibility Engineer 134

Conclusions 137

7 Freedom of Speech: Is There Anything You Cannot Say? 138

The First Amendment 138

Free Speech in Radio and Television 141

George Carlin, Seven Dirty Words 144

Free Speech on the Internet 145

Ann Beeson, Executive Director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Institute 148

Conclusions 151

8 From One-to-One to Many-to-Many: The Wide Reach of Computer Communication 153

One-to-One 153

One-to-Many 156

Many-to-One 158

Wikipedia 161

Ubiquitous Computing 162

Are We Too Connected? A Day Unplugged 165

James "Jimbo" Wales, Cofounder of Wikipedia 167

Conclusions 170

Chronology 172

Glossary 177

Further Resources 186

Index 193

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